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    would or not

    Which second part of the sentence is correct?
    Do I need would or just the past tense

    Our teacher forgot to come to class,

    when that happened i would just go home.
    when that happened i just went home.

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    Re: would or not

    Use "would" when it is something that happened repeteadly in the past.
    The second sentence is for that specific occasion.

    But I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: would or not

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which second part of the sentence is correct?
    Do I need would or just the past tense

    Our teacher forgot to come to class,

    when that happened i would just go home.
    when that happened i just went home.
    Both are odd.
    When that happened,I went home.
    Last edited by rj1948; 26-May-2008 at 18:30.


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    Re: would or not

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which second part of the sentence is correct?
    Do I need would or just the past tense

    Our teacher forgot to come to class,

    when that happened I would just go home.
    when that happened I just went home.
    The first one does suggest that the teacher not showing up was a fairly common occurrence. The second one holds the same meaning and the "When that happened" clues us in to the fact that it sometimes happened but it doesn't have quite the same feel as the first for that idea.

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