Hello you all.

Can anyone explain me the would form used in repetition in the past?

Thank you, Jake
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Do you mean something like "All summer long, we would go swimming in the lake, and sometimes we would bring a picnic lunch so we wouldn't even have to go home from early morning until dinner time. Except there were always a few days in early June, when the blackfies would get so bad that we would rather be inside to keep away from them. But the rest of the summer, we would be outside from dawn to dusk."
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Yes. It's used to express a past habit...

When I was thirty-five, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls
Of independent means
We'd ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five
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Yes, Grammar Geek. Like this.

Your examples are fabulous but I need a little more explanation.

Past Habit, thanks but that does not help me.

Jake
It can be considered as: «If it were the time in question [past] I would...» — according to the rules of conditionals, or to the sequence of tenses...
"Would" was originally the past tense of "will"; habitual "would" is one of the few usages where "would" has retained its past tense meaning.

1. Every year, we would go to the seaside.

"Would" here has a sense not only of "custom" or "habit", but of "volition" or "intent". For this reason, you often find it in obituaries, or literary narratives, where the writer wants to give a sense of someone's character.

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Anonymous:
Can you use Would in the sense of past habit in questions as well?

Thanks,

J
Hi,

Yes.

eg When you were a child, would you go to the seaside every year?

Clive
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