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Used to & Would

Talking about past situations...
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Maglia Mancante

on 6 June 2012

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Transcript of Used to & Would

Used to
&
Would

"Used to + Infinitive"
expresses past states or actions that don’t happen anymore.
To talk about past actions, habits or situations
(apart from Past tenses)
we may use constructions

"used to"

&

"would"
...
For example:
My uncle
used to smoke
a lot but he gave it up a few years ago.
Did
you
use to go
swimming when you were at school?
We use

"Would + Infinitive"

to talk about regularly repeated past actions.
For example:
My little sister
would cry

every time she got hungry.
My teacher

would
always
say

“Sit down and keep silence!”
THANK

YOU

FOR
BEING
SOOO

ATTENTIVE!
by

Often either
"would"
or
"used to"
is possible.
Here,
both
of these sentences are possible:

I
would

listen to music at night.
I
used to
listen to music at night.
However, only
"used to"
is possible when we talk about past states.

We
used to
live in Aktobe when I was a kid.
(Correct)
We
would

live in Aktobe when I was a kid.
(Wrong)
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