Would and used to

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Would can be used to talk about past habits and typical characteristics.

In most cases, it is possible to express these ideas using used to.

Difference between would and used to

Used to can be used to talk about past states which are now finished. Would cannot be used to refer to past states.

Compare:

Notice how the meaning becomes diametrically opposite.

Note that would is the past tense form of will in indirect speech.

See also

Want
-ward(s)
Was and were
Well and good
Whether and if
Which and what
Wish
With
Whose
Would like
Would and used to

See also

Very
Until and till
Up and down
Used to

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