In my class the other day, we were talking about "things of the past". Do you remember MP3 players? Huge mobile phones? Minitel? (That one's only for my French students:-) Well, they are all things of the past.
Here's another one:
Let's do a little bit of grammar. Do you notice it says "I'd pick it up without knowing who was calling"? The 'd there is would. We can use would in this way to talk about repeated actions in the past that we don't do now.
My Mum would always send me and my brothers and sister outside to play.
I would play the piano for hours.
See that we often use would with always.
You probably already know used to. We can use it in the same way as would but used to can also be used to talk about past states as well as actions.
My Mum used to send me and my brothers and sister outside to play.
I used to be really shy (NOT I would be really shy.)
I used to live in London (NOT I would live in London.)
Now over to you: What did you used to do when you were young? What would you always do when you were a child?
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