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Would for habits in questions

Unread postby navibv » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:56 am

It's possible to use "would" for habits in the past but I was wondering if it's possible to use it in interrogative form, I've heard different opinions and I'd like someone to clarify this doubt. Thanks.
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Re: Would for habits in questions

Unread postby ricaluanna » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:01 am

English grammar is really complicated sometimes.:D
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Re: Would for habits in questions

Unread postby RosalindaPerez » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:48 am

It is better to use "used to" instead of "would" in questions about habits.

Using "used to" in interrogative form to talk about a past habit is readily understood.
Examples: Did you use to be a football player? Yes, I used to be a football player.
Did Melinda use to play the piano? Yes, she used to play the piano.

Using "would" in a declarative sentence to talk about a past habit is readily understood like in the following example:
Every evening, we would watch horror movies.

But if "would" is used in interrogative form to talk about a past habit, it could be mistaken to mean something else. An example is the following:
Would they go to the Casino every evening?
This sentence could very well refer to a habit in the future, as "would" in interrogative form is used to express future time.
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Re: Would for habits in questions

Unread postby harvest » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:52 am

I agree with Rosalinda. We have better use "used to" to express what we usually do in the past.
e.g I used to walk on this street when I was kid :-)

Hope this will help :-)
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Re: Would for habits in questions

Unread postby Habbakuk » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:18 am

Would is used mainly for present and future tense not past.
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