“Used To” and “Would” for The Past
Today’s lesson falls into both the categories of Grammar and Usage. The terms Use To and Would can both be used to talk about the past. However, since there are some different variations on how to use these two bits of grammatical gobbledygook, the text-books and teachers have been confusing students with this topic for centuries…. maybe even longer. 😀
For States of Being
This one is easy. To talk about states of being: thoughts, feelings, opinions, emotions, etc., and physical states of being, such as: hair color, physical size, gender, place of residence, and a vast array of other such things…
We would never say…
It is possible to say:
For Repeated Actions or Habits In The Past
This is the situation where-in, it sometimes has been a little confusing for some people. But there is absolutely no reason to be confused. It’s really quite simple.
Unfortunately, almost all of the text-books and far too many people who are actually supposed to be helping you will tell you differently; saying something like:
Most Text-books will tell you that you can use either “Would” or “Used To” to talk about repeated actions or habits in the past. Well… You can… But there is more to it than that.
That’s EASY!!! – Just remember that whether it’s a state of being or a past action that doesn’t happen anymore, you can ALWAYS use “Used To”
Now, this is the part that has been left out of EVERY text-book that I have ever worked with. And (for some reason) is NEVER spoken about in any of the on-line lessons or videos that I have ever seen on the subject…
Are You Ready?
And To Use An Example From Before…
If I Said…
It is however, possible to use the phrases above, without the time-expression IF (and ONLY if) it is in answer to a question, where-in the time that the action was taking place is already known.
In both of these examples, the time expression is in the question, so therefore it is not necessary to add it to the phrase using “would”.
SEE?… THAT’S EASY!!!
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