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Autor:  jose rocha
E-mail:  josesrf@pop.com.br
Data:  24/SET/2005 8:12 PM
Assunto:  Used to or simple past
 
Mensagem: 

Hello again my dear teachers. I have other questions for you.

"In many cities nowadays, food shopping takes very little time. In the past, people used to go (1) to a different shop for each item. For example, you bought (2) meat at a butcher´s shop and fish at a fish market. A fruit market used to sell (3) fruit and vegetables. For dry foods like rice or beans, you had (4) to go to groceries stores." Jack C. Richards - New Interchange- Cambridge University Press.

Can you tell me if in numbers 1 and 3 you could use the simple past without no difference in meaning? On the other hand, could I use "used to" in numbers 2 and 4 and maintain the same meaning or would the meaning become different by the change?

Thank you.

José Rocha


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
 Used to or simple past  –  jose rocha  24/SET/2005, 8:12 PM
Used to or simple past  –  Johannes  25/SET/2005, 7:26 AM
Used to or simple past  –  m rob  25/SET/2005, 6:45 PM

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