Reply to ""used to" vs "would""

subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, what's the difference between the two following sentences?

1- As a child I used to swim in the river.

2- As a child I would swim in the river.

Hi, Subhajit,

Sentence (1), with "used to," means that swimming in the river was a habit you had as a child. Swimming in the river is something you did regularly as a child.

Sentence (2), with "would," means that swimming in the river was something you occasionally did as a child, especially in a special circumstance -- e.g.:

(2a) As a child I would swim in the river when the pool wasn't open.

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