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    what's the difference?

    Hi,

    Could you please tell me the difference between these two sentences?


    1.I lived in Florida.
    2.I used to live in Florida.


    Thanks.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    Hi maral55

    1. I lived in Florida.
    An act is in the past. The focus is on when it happened; e.g., I lived in Florida about 30 years ago, and just moved back this week.
    2. I used to live in Florida.
    The act is in the past. The focus is on the act never happening again; e.g., I used to live in Florida, about 30 years ago, and I doubt I'll ever move back.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    Hi Soup, Thanks.


    But let me explain more about the situation in which the person told me this sentence. She had lived in Florida for a period of time (for I think from the day she was born until three years ago and then three years ago she had moved to another place and then again recently she had moved back to Florida again and then when she was telling me about herself she told me that she used to live in Florida. I mean that in the time of speaking she was again in Florida.

    Now I can't understand why she just didn't say I lived in Florida.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please tell me the difference between these two sentences?


    1.I lived in Florida.
    2.I used to live in Florida.


    Thanks.
    1. is incomplete by itself. You'd need a context, eg. In 1990, I lived in Florida.

    2. is used for habitual actions in the past. It can stand by itself.
    Vivevo in Florida una volta. - It's something you used to do over a period of time. In English, you don't need to add a time expression to it.

    Sometimes, either is possible:
    When I was younger, I lived in Florida.
    When I was younger, I used to live in Florida.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    What about in this situation? Which one do you think will sound better?

    John: Do you know Palm Street?
    Joseph: Yes, I do. I lived there.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    In that sentence as Raymott said I think you need a time or something else to complete "Lived" but "I used to live" can stand there by itself.


    John: Do you know Palm Street?
    Joseph: Yes, I do. I used to live there.

    sounds better to me.

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    Re: what's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    In that sentence as Raymott said I think you need a time or something else to complete "Lived" but "I used to live" can stand there by itself.


    John: Do you know Palm Street?
    Joseph: Yes, I do. I used to live there.

    sounds better to me.
    Exactly!

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