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    "Used to" versus "Would"

    I'd like to know a good way to explain to my students the differences in usage between used to and would; sometimes it's clear, but when it isn't very clear, I have problems in trying to explain it Thanks everybody!


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    Re: "Used to" versus "Would"

    Past actions and events use would or used to.

    I would/used to surf all summer when I lived in California.

    But used to refers to past states.

    I used to love you. Not, I would love you.

    Used to also refers to past regular habits.

    I used to eat junk food. Not, I would eat junk food.

    In seeking clarification of these explanations I consulted Michael Swan's Practical English Usage. P.634

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Used to" versus "Would"

    Quote Originally Posted by WonderWoman View Post
    I'd like to know a good way to explain to my students the differences in usage between used to and would; sometimes it's clear, but when it isn't very clear, I have problems in trying to explain it Thanks everybody!
    Can you give some examples of when it isn't clear to you. There might be a pattern you're missing.

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