154 – Use to vs. Used to vs. Would for Past Habits & States

154 - Use to vs. Used to vs. Would for Past Habits & States

I used to play music with these guys in Japan

You can use both used to and would to talk about past habits, but only for states and conditions, not actions. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at the difference between used to and would and how they can be used in English Conversation and writing.

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Here are the example sentences:

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  • I would listen to such artists as Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass all the time.
  • I would introduce them to many kinds of guitarists and musicians.
  • My grandfather would tell us stories about his life in Italy.
  • Joe would live in Brooklyn doesn’t work.
  • Joe used to live in Brooklyn.
  • Where did you use to live?
  • Did you use to like Jazz when you were in high school?
  • When did you use to go to the gym?
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Some people say that in the old days, people took a bath just once a year, usually during the month of May. So, in June, people were “fresh” and so lots of people got married at that time..
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What did Michael used to do?

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Episode 32 – Should vs. Had Better – English Grammar Lesson

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Should and had better are two modal verbs in English that many learners are stuck on the meaning of. Today’s English lesson podcast shows you the difference between these two.

Here are the example sentences

With should:

  • For awesome shopping, you should check out SOHO. I think shopping in SOHO is a good idea.
  • When you come to NYC, you should go to Central Park.
  • You should go to Lombardi’s if you want to eat amazing pizza.

With had better:

  • You had better not smoke there, because smoking is illegal in NYC parks. If you smoke, the police will give you a ticket.
  • It’s a cold day, so you had better dry your hair before going outside. If you don’t, you’ll catch a cold.
  • Bob’s doctor told him that he had better stop smoking.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer
  • One surprising fact about New York is that it has great beaches.
  • In New York you can shop, go sight seeing, and eat in great restaurants.
Today’s listening challenge question
  • When visiting NYC, where is one place you should visit and one thing you had better not do there?

Please feel free to write your answers in the comment box below.

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32 – Should vs. Had Better – English Grammar Lesson

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Should and had better are two modal verbs in English that many learners are stuck on the meaning of. Today’s English lesson podcast shows you the difference between these two.

Here are the example sentences

With should:

  • For awesome shopping, you should check out SOHO. I think shopping in SOHO is a good idea.
  • When you come to NYC, you should go to Central Park.
  • You should go to Lombardi’s if you want to eat amazing pizza.

With had better:

  • You had better not smoke there, because smoking is illegal in NYC parks. If you smoke, the police will give you a ticket.
  • It’s a cold day, so you had better dry your hair before going outside. If you don’t, you’ll catch a cold.
  • Bob’s doctor told him that he had better stop smoking.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer
  • One surprising fact about New York is that it has great beaches.
  • In New York you can shop, go sight seeing, and eat in great restaurants.
Today’s listening challenge question
  • When visiting NYC, where is one place you should visit and one thing you had better not do there?

Please feel free to write your answers in the comment box below.

Please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher

If you know anyone who has trouble with this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Do you want to learn 365 American English Idioms? Get my book. You can download it below (a pdf) or get it for your mobile device or in paperback @ Amazon!

 

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