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 06:50.
A:Did he see the bombings?
B:Well, he (already) lived here in 1944.
used to (semi-modal)
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 08:25. Reason: added some more info
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.
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?
*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.
Thank you very much for your reply.
Last edited by sitifan; 07-Jan-2009 at 00:43.