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Is there any difference between the following sentences in terms of meaning?

He visited his mother every saturday.

He used to visit his mother every saturday.

Thanks.
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Hi, could somebody possible tell me where has my message got to?
No idea... It didn't pass a while since I posted it, and it has just disappeared. Lol
In this thread? I think you'll have to post it again.
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I thought it wasn't necessary to post it again. Because the main meaning of what I told in it was already told by other members. Thanks
If your question has been answered, then no, you don't need to post anything. If your question was not answered and your post disappeared, then yes, you need to post again.

If your are satisfied with what you've learned, then the thread is complete.
Thank you Grammar Geek. My previous or rather disappeared post was'n t question but expression of my opinion on Nathans question. Well, I can write its total point again. As it's known Natan gave us two sentences and asked which one of them was correct. 1.He visited his mother every Saturday. 2 He used to visit his mother every Saturday I think sentence 1 is incorrect, if he wants to tell by meanings of this sentence that Once, in past somebody was visiting his mother every saturday. Because the verb 'visited' doesn't mean continuity. It means one completed act in past, while 'every saturday' means prolonged act. So, "visited" and "every saturday" do not meet each other. Sentence 2 is correct. And it means that: in past somebody was visiting his mother every saturday and this job was his habit, as other members had noted. Yet, it would be better to say: "He is used to visit his mother every saturday" in order to convert the meaning to present continuouse. I want to know your opinion on this post, also I want you to correct me if I were wrong. Thank you
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Both are correct but they carry different meanings, "He used to visit his mother every Saturday" carries the meaning that he previously visited her regularly but no longer does,

"He visited his mother every Saturday" is also correct but, with no other context, it's not clear if he still does or not. Suppose, for instance, you were writing a novel. "John was a man of regular habits. He visited his mother every Saturday, went to church each Sunday and caught the train to work on Monday mornings." Does he still do so? We don't know.

Or, a slightly different example, take the beginning of A Christmas Carol: "Old Marley was dead... Old Marley was as dead as a doornail..." Dickens is not, of course, suggesting that Marley was dead but is no longer - clearly he continues to be dead even though it's stated in the past tense rather than the present.

Incidentally, "He is used to visit his mother every Saturday" is not correct English. You could say "He is used to visiting..." or "He used to visit...", although their meanings would not be the same.