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Hello,

I have questions regarding the use of "would" to express past habits.

According to my information,  "would" could be used to express past habit with 2 conditions: Specifying the time, and the verb should be an action verb and not a stative one.

In the following example, the time is not specified. But even though  it uses "would".

E.g. "My dad 'would' tell us stories about his childhood"

My questions:

- Does it still correct grammatically?

- Do you recommend me to use "used to" instead of "would" in this case?



Thank you in advance.

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Hi, Meriem,

@Meriem posted:

Hello,

I have questions regarding the use of "would" to express past habits.

According to my information,  "would" could be used to express past habit with 2 conditions: Specifying the time, and the verb should be an action verb and not a stative one.

In the following example, the time is not specified. But even though  it uses "would".

E.g. "My dad 'would' tell us stories about his childhood"

My questions:

- Does it still correct grammatically?



It works if it is a kind of recollection. I mean if I am thinking about a specific time period.

'My dad would tell me stories about his childhood when I was young / in primary school.'

@Meriem posted:

- Do you recommend me to use "used to" instead of "would" in this case?





Yes, in formal grammar exercises and exam, I would use 'used to'. 

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