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Hello,

I have to use "would " to express regular action in the past.

1. Evry night we pleaded with him to sleep early, but he pretended not to hear.

a) Every night we would plead with him to sleep early, but he would pretend not to hear.

b) Every night we pleaded with him to sleep early, but he would pretend not to hear.

Which one is correct? (a or b)
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I think b) is best because "every night" helps express the habit of pleading. Therefore, would is not really necessary in that clause.
To me, correct means not wrong.

I would say all your sentences are correct.

Preference is another kettle of fish
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a) Every night we would plead with him to sleep early, but he would pretend not to hear.

b) Every night we pleaded with him to sleep early, but he would pretend not to hear.

Which one is correct? (a or b)

If we put sentence (b) in the simple present tense, it will be clearer why it is the correct sentence. However, as Milky said, the word 'would' has to be removed.

b) Every night we plead with him to sleep early, but he pretends not to hear. (As it is a routine, the verbs are in Simple Present Tense.)

If we change the above sentence to the Simple past tense, it would become: Every night we pleaded with him to sleep early, but he pretended not to hear.

But one question I wish to raise is "to sleep early" correct or should it "to go to sleep early" or "to go to bed early" ?
<If we change the above sentence to the Simple past tense, it would become: Every night we pleaded with him to sleep early, but he pretended not to hear.>

No, I didn't say that "would" has to be removed, I said I prefered it without.

<Every night we plead with him to sleep early, but he pretends not to hear. (As it is a routine, the verbs are in Simple Present Tense.>

Or:

Every night we will plead with him to sleep early, but he pretends not to hear.
Milky

Sorry for having misunderstood what you said. But what do you think of the following which I asked in that post.

I would like to ask whether "to sleep early" is correct or should it "to go to sleep early" or "to go to bed early".

Every night we plead with him to sleep early, but he pretends not to hear.
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<I would like to ask whether "to sleep early" is correct or should it "to go to sleep early" or "to go to bed early".>

All three.
I would not say that "to sleep early" is natural sounding.

I would recommend "to got to bed early" as my first choice and "to go to sleep early" is the second choice. I don't consider "to sleep early" correct.

Edited: Also - get to sleep early sounds okay.

But also - do you possibly mean "earlier" rather than early? What is early? 7 p.m.? 10 p.m.? It depends on your point of reference. But you wanted him to go to bed earlier than had been his habit.


Is that grammatical?

come early
leave early
eat early
sleep early

All common in BE,
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