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Hi, Izzat Hannah,


What is the difference between used to and the past simple tense in these two examples?

1- I used to have a cat.

2- I had a cat.


I would add 'once' to 2: 'I once had a cat'. I see that both refer to a past state and mostly have the same meaning. However 'used to' sounds to indicate a longer state. If you changed the subject, there could be another subtle difference.

- He used to have a cat. = He no longer has that cat.

- I met John last year. He had a cat and said ..... (It is not clear whether he still has that cat or not).

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