Would or used to | Grammar worksheet

Complete the following sentences using would or used to.

Both would and used to can be used to talk about repeated actions and events in the past. Only ‘used to’ can be used to talk about past states.

1. There ………………….. be a big mango tree in that corner. (would / used to)

2. When we were kids we …………………. go swimming every weekend. (would / used to)

3. I ……………. tell you if I knew. (would / used to)

4. In Mumbai, he first met the woman he ……………….. marry one day. (would / used to)

5. There was no chance that my letter ……………… arrive on time. (would / used to)

6. He ………………. smoke, but now he has stopped. (would / used to)

7. I ……………….. play football, but now I don’t. (used to / would)

8. She always ………………. be afraid of spiders. (used to / would)

9. It took me quite some time to get ………………… living in the city. (would / used to)

10. The kids …………….. spend hours playing in the sand. (would / used to)

Answers

1. There used to be a big mango tree in that corner.

2. When we were kids we would / used to go swimming every weekend.

3. I would tell you if I knew.

4. In Mumbai, he first met the woman he would marry one day.

5. There was no chance that my letter would arrive on time.

6. He used to smoke, but now he has stopped.

7. I used to play football, but now I don’t.

8. She always used to be afraid of spiders.

9. It took me quite some time to get used to living in the city.

10. The kids would / used to spend hours playing in the sand.

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