In the morning, when Bill would wake up

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I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

In the morning when Bill would wake up with a bad hangover, he would promise never to touch alcohol again only to break his promise on the next occasion.
 

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I would use "vow" instead of "promise" and put a comma after "again".
 
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teechar,

Are you sure that a comma should be after "only"? I think it should be before "only", after "again".
 

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You're right. :oops:
Sorry about that.
 

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teechar,

I believe you are tired and need sleep.
 

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Yes, and on that note, I'm off to bed! :)
 

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I would write "In the mornings..." The use of "would" in your sentence suggests that poor Bill repeatedly woke up with a hangover.
 

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The mass noun "(the) morning" works for repeated/habitual contexts. I would use "mornings" to refer to some (not all)/specific/previously mentioned mornings. However, "in the mornings" is not wrong in the above.
 
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