Hi, Izzat Hannah,
I have read this in a website :
When the order of “when I was a student” and the rest of the sentence is reversed, using “would” is not appropriate because it would likely be misunderstood as the conditional:
correct I used to go to a lot of parties when I was a student.
unnatural I would go to a lot of parties when I was a student.
And I have also read this in another website:
'BUT I would always be shy when I met new people when I was a young boy. (In this case 'would always' is describing a repeated action – meeting new people)"
Is there a contradiction?
The answer to this question would take me back to a very old thread in which I was lucky enough to participate. You can find the answer to your question in the last comment by our late moderator 'Rachel'. Here's the link:
"Let's amend the part: "'would' to refer to a past habitual situation does not appear at the beginning of a sentence or a dialog or a narration."
Not true. It certainly can if the past context is already clear.
- Before the days of television, families would gather in front of a radio to listen to the news.
- Henry would often steal money from his classmates when no one was looking.
My little kitten would always hide under something until I came home. Then she would jump on me with full force, almost knocking me over."
Also, see Rachel's reply here:
IMHO, in an exam, using 'would' this way is not incorrect, but sometimes it may make some sentences sound awkward, so it is better to settle the time frame in the past first.