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    used to V & the past tense

    1. He lived here in 1944.
    2. He used to live here in 1944.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above sentences?
    Last edited by sitifan; 06-Jan-2009 at 07:50.

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He lived here in 1944.
    2. He used to lived here in 1944.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above sentences?
    1. He lived here in 1944. It means the past action.
    When "used to" occurs with the infinitive, it refers to past habits and states that are no longer the case.
    2. He used to live here in 1944. It means he usually lived here in 1944.

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He lived here in 1944.
    2. He used to live (no "d") here in 1944.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above sentences?
    They have the same meaning, but I would only say the first one.
    The second one is unnecessarily wordy and doesn't sound natural.

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He lived here in 1944.
    2. He used to live here in 1944.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above sentences?
    'He lived here in 1944'. 'He lived here in 1944 in the middle of the bombing, he lived here until his death yesterday at the age of 99.'

    'He used to live here in 1944'. (the 'd' is correct) 'He didn't live here after 1944, he moved to the USA.'


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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He lived here in 1944.
    2. He used to live here in 1944.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above sentences?
    With #1, it is not inferable whether he stopped living here in contrast with #2 where we know he does not live here anymore.

    A:Did he see the bombings?
    B:Well, he (already) lived here in 1944.

    used to (semi-modal)
    Verb
    used as an auxiliary to express habitual or accustomed actions or states taking place in the past but not continuing to be the case in the present
    Last edited by svartnik; 06-Jan-2009 at 09:25. Reason: added some more info


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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The second one is unnecessarily wordy and doesn't sound natural.
    Agreed.

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    The second one is unnecessarily wordy and doesn't sound natural.

    It sounds perfectly natural to my British ear, as well as being more precise in meaning.

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    1. In those days we used to live in the country.
    2. I used to write poetry myself when I was his age.
    3. He used to be devoted to her when she was a little girl.
    4. We used to swaim every day when we were children.
    5. He used to play football before his marriage.
    Why use the structure "used to V" in the above sentences? Why not just use the simple past? Is there any difference in meaning between them?

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    Re: used to V & the past tense

    *I used to work very hard last month.
    According to Practical English Usage, "used to V" is not used simply to say what happened at a past time, hence the unacceptability of the above sentence.
    Why is the following sentence acceptable?
    He used to live here in 1944.
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    Last edited by sitifan; 07-Jan-2009 at 01:43.

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