Would can be used to express repeated or habitual action in the past; e.g., We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.
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I read in a book the following sentence:
"When I was a kid my mom would read me a story in the evenings"
Why, did the author write "would"? Why didn't he write in the simple past?
It's also a prospective past, i.e. looking from the past toward its relative future. "After I turned 18, I would leave home and go to University." (Now I've finished uni.)