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In this episode I speak to Dan again (I promise I am trying to find more interesting guests) and we discuss napping. What is a nap? Find out in this episode as well as the following vocabulary:
RnR Grammar Point
When Dan was describing his boring story about Thomas Edison, he used the word ‘would’ to talk about the past. Let’s have a look:
“He used to go to sleep with ball-bearings in his hands thinking about a problem, then when the balls would drop out of his hands, he would wake up and write down whatever was in his mind”.
In this example, ‘would’ is used to describe a regular past action that doesn’t happen anymore in exactly the same way as ‘used to’. We often prefer to say ‘would’ in this context, as it is shorter than ‘used to’.
You can always use ‘used to’ instead of ‘would’ to describe these past actions, but you cannot always use ‘would’ instead of ‘used to’ because…..
‘Would’ cannot be used for state verbs! Example:
I used to live in New York
would live in New York
If you’ve listened to the podcast and read the RnR Grammar, then you’re ready for the quiz below. Good luck!