would / used to

would / used to
Сравнительное употребление глагола would и оборота used to
Модальный глагол would и оборот used to используются при описании привычных (повторяющихся) действий в прошлом (см. will, would: habits, used to).
1) Глагол would может использоваться не только при описании повторяющихся действий, но также и при описании повторяющихся ситуаций (состояний). Если же речь идет об одной ситуации, одном длительном состоянии, would не может быть использован. Вместо would в этом случае используется оборот used to.

She would usually be happy when she returned home after a long trip — Она обычно бывала счастлива, когда возвращалась домой после долгого путешествия (описывается повторяющаяся ситуация)

When he spoke to me I wouldn't understand anything — Когда он говорил со мной, я обычно ничего не мог понять.

There used to be five cinemas in the town — В городе раньше было пять кинотеатров (used to здесь нельзя заменить на would, так как описывается долговременная ситуация, которая не повторялась).

2) При введении в рассмотрение новой темы обычно используется used to, а would используется тогда, когда тема уже была введена в повествование.

I used to buy chips but it's a waste of money, you know — Я раньше покупал чипсы, но это, знаете, пустая трата денег (разговор двух покупателей в магазине; здесь used to нельзя заменить на would, так как вводится в рассмотрение новая тема)

3) Ни would, ни used to не могут использоваться, если в предложении указано, сколько раз происходило описываемое событие или как долго это событие длилось.

I met him five times during the 1960s — Я встречался с ним пять раз в шестидесятые годы.


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