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    used to // would

    used to [modal verb]
    —used to say that something existed or repeatedly happened in the past but does not exist or happen now
    ▪ We used to go out more often. [=in the past we went out more often]
    ▪ He never used to smoke. [=he never smoked in the past]
    ▪ My grandmother said winters used to be harder here.
    ▪ (Brit, old-fashioned) You used not to smoke, did you?


    would [modal verb]
    —used to talk about something that always or often happened in the past
    ▪ When my friend still lived here, we would eat lunch together every day.
    ▪ She would always take the nine o'clock bus. = She'd always take the nine o'clock bus.


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    When my friend still lived here, we would eat lunch together every day.
    If you delete "When my friend still lived here," do you still use "would," or do you chage the word into "used to"?

    She would always take the nine o'clock bus.
    If you change "would" into "used to," do you delete "always"?

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    Re: used to // would

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    used to [modal verb]
    —used to say that something existed or repeatedly happened in the past but does not exist or happen now
    ▪ We used to go out more often. [=in the past we went out more often]
    ▪ He never used to smoke. [=he never smoked in the past]
    ▪ My grandmother said winters used to be harder here.
    ▪ (Brit, old-fashioned) You used not to smoke, did you?


    would [modal verb]
    —used to talk about something that always or often happened in the past
    ▪ When my friend still lived here, we would eat lunch together every day.
    ▪ She would always take the nine o'clock bus. = She'd always take the nine o'clock bus.


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    When my friend still lived here, we would eat lunch together every day.
    If you delete "When my friend still lived here," do you still use "would," or do you chage the word into "used to"? Either way it would be a strange sentence.

    She would always take the nine o'clock bus.
    If you change "would" into "used to," do you delete "always"? Yes.

    Similar thread:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...sed-would.html
    Bhai.


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    Re: used to // would

    Is it rare to use "used to" with "every day," "every Sunday," "often" and so on?

    - They used to play baseball every day.
    - They used to play baseball every Sunday.
    - They used to play baseball often.

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    Re: used to // would

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Is it rare to use "used to" with "every day," "every Sunday," "often" and so on?

    - They used to play baseball every day.
    - They used to play baseball every Sunday.
    - They used to play baseball often.
    These are all fine.


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    Re: used to // would

    - They used to play baseball every day.
    - They used to play baseball every Sunday.
    - They used to play baseball often.

    Can I use "would" instead of "used to" in each of these sentences?

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    Re: used to // would

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - They used to play baseball every day.
    - They used to play baseball every Sunday.
    - They used to play baseball often.

    Can I use "would" instead of "used to" in each of these sentences?
    Yes you can.

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