‘Would’ can mean soler. ‘Used to’ can mean soler also. So, how do you know when to use ‘would’ and when to use ‘used to’ when you speak about the past?
We’re going to tell you in this week’s episode of……..Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Voice message from Miguel about when to use would and used to.
Past episodes: ‘used to’, ‘be used to’ and ‘get used to’ in episode 6 – 31st Jan, 2014!
‘Could’ and ‘would’ episode 71
Pronunciation of ‘would’ in episode 36
We use used to and would for past habits. Things that we don’t do now or that are not true now.
I used to live in London.
I used to work in an office and I would get the bus to work every day.
What did you use to do in Belfast that you don’t do now?
We can use ‘used to’ and ‘would’ to talk about repeated past actions:
When I was growing up in London I used to/would go to the park with my best friend and play football.
We’d cycle to the local park and we used to meet up with other kids to play for a couple of hours before lunch.
I used to want to stay longer, but Graham would always make sure that we were home in time for lunch.
We can use ‘would’ to talk about repeated past actions.
However, only ‘used to’ is possible when we talk about PAST STATES.
I used to live in London (X
I would live in London.X)
I used to have a beard. (X
I would have a beard.X)
We can use the past simple in the same way as ‘used to’ and ‘would’ to talk about repeated past actions.
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