Hi Alex, what is the difference between “I used to be a doctor” and “I was a doctor”? Didn’t you _________ work for IBM? We use reported speech to tell others what someone else said – without using their exact words. Would has more uses than you think! “Would” has more uses than you think! In this video we look at how to use WOULD for repetitive actions in the past. It might be the worst in my score. 1.I have been a doctor Or we should say: I didn’t use to ride a bike? Hi teacher Alex, your lesson is very important and I got it. This is changing today. Thanks! would Would that it were true! Please do not stop to make classes like this. Thank you for your teaching I wanna ask a question from you. you are the best teacher)). If you asked me I would say you should go. Improve your Vocabulary: Learn 26 adjectives to describe the taste and texture of food! Would can be used to talk about a habitual or customary action in the past. thank you, sir allen. 7. In question 9, ‘Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?’ None of the three choices (would/ used to / both) are correct. There are more, but we can discuss those another time, or you could try to look up the other uses and try them out yourself or with the support of the online English course EF English Live. Yesterday, I couldn’t find my wallet anywhere – but this morning I found it. Thank you so much Alex, I get 8/10 on exercise. It was great!!…. If engvid is working for you, that’s great. The use of 'would' means that these things happened many times in the past. We use “would” to describe a regular activity or habit in the past. Actually I need its application! It is understandable to me. – I have a hamster however my mum is taking care of him while I’m on vacation Without doubt, “I used to be a pianist ” is clear enough to understand comparing with ‘ I would be a pianist.” Wrong usage, isn’t it ? 9. This is a question from the quiz. What a great site I just found! It's often used with 'by now'. (I really want you to stay. The action in question is therefore in the past but it is in the future relative to an earlier action. (Use past … for example For example, "I wish (that) I were famous." “he left 4 minutes late, unaware that the delay would save his life”. It has been fixed! (Used to is not used with a quantity of time.) i like your lesson. The main difference is that the past simple doesn't … We use will: to express beliefs about the present or future to talk about what people want to do or are willing to do to make promises, offers and requests. I would imagine that they'll buy a new one. When my grandma came to visit, we wouldplay cards every day. We can always use the past simple as an alternative to used to or would to talk about past states or habits. would Would for past it’s very difficult for me i didnt understand. Alex,you are my favourite teacher.I like your lessons they are useful for me.Hi, Irena ¨from Czech rep.in Europe. Would can be used to talk about a habitual or customary action in the past. but. The following are a couple of the sources I could find, but I don't know whether they are reliable to believe. ^_^. We can use used to + infinitive to talk about situations or states (stative verbs) which were true in the past, but they are no longer true. used to Thank you very much . Past continuous We use the past continuous the set the scene in a story. (for teachers as well))), why both?? I did not use to / used not to / used to not like classical music, but now I do. Sometimes she'd phone me in the middle of the night. On the whole, thank you a lot for your work!!! 9. You explained fantastic… I love this programme. I was just confused because there’s “both” in the choices. a very good explanation Alex , as always. "Would" is the past tense of the modal verb "will." I'm sure they wish I'd resign. = ask the last place I have just leaved. thank, Hi Alex, please help mi with this sentences with would in the past. Alex I also didn’t understand why can’t we use ” If I was taller instead of I WERE”. I'm sure she'd come. Thank you. I wish you would stay. It was very important lesson. Would + perfect. He____________ listen to heavy metal music when I was young. Thanks. if i were there,i would have enjoyed it too. In London she met the man that she would one day marry. I have got 6 correct out of 10.Development for old man is very dificult to do.I hope that will be better. They’re really helping ESL learners. Hello, Alex! I _________ deliver newspapers on the weekend. used to I dont think it is correct(seem is a stative verb).. but I read that in a book. You probably already know that will is frequently used for the “future tense”, as in “I think it will rain.” The rain is in the FUTURE, which is going to come AFTER THE PRESENT. I wouldn’t be able to do this… can i use wouldn’t in lieu of won’t… pls answer me. Thank you and congratulations for your good job! He wanted a divorce but his wife would not agree. The word “would” is the more commonly used of the two, and it indicates a past repetition. explain the meaning of Perfect Modal and the Perfect Modal Continues, because when I speak sometimes I get lost, and when to use it. Because if you use “used to” it should have a different order of words (A friend of mine used to come late to class always). A little of both, although grammar is not always easy, even for native speakers. Thank you my teacher. ‘If I were taller’ like that if I wanna use for ‘they’, is there any different in that? Besos(KISSES). Useful info for me. Let us look at how to discuss your past habits. ), You'd never know it. Thank you very much, Alex! You were right in your "would" grammar, but only providing you had previously established a feeling of some past scene, leading from which "would" served as the descriptor of a future event. we should always use ‘used to’, right? Can would be used to express the future tense? This use of would signals what we expect somebody to do: John would have scheduled the meeting. Honestly, both are used by native speakers, so if you say “If I was” in a conversation, people will know what you mean. Note that we can't usually use would to talk about past states. Didn’t have to use ‘was’ after ‘I’? Using ‘Used to’ and ‘would’ with Past actions – English Grammar lessonWhen we speak about past actions, we use ‘used to’ and ‘would’. Thank you very much. could you please expalin for me .is used to helper verb or not?thank. Your focus is on the fact that you were a pharmacist. thanks. 1.habit Thanks you so much Alex. alex uncle didn’t always use with used to never with would????? (would come), Who would help us? I said We always use WERE…. Didn’t you used to work for IBM? Work is a verb in this sentence, so we could use would? Since I’ve start to take lessons from this websites, I notice a big change which is uncompetable to before when I am unsuccessful to make a big change by time. 2. Used as an auxiliary, "would" expresses a possibility, an intention, a desire, a custom, or a request. Would you like to go to the movies with me tonight? Thanks Alex very much. He would seem to be getting better. Habitual action in the past. please correct me if I am wrong and illustrate wht is typical pastor present behaviour. Could you please explain?,,because I’m so confused now.. thank you so much it is very informative, I used to be a good listener. 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