Common Mistakes & Solutions in the Use of USED TO and WOULD

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MISTAKE : In the past, I used to call her on her birthday.
SOLUTION: 
In the past, I would call her on her birthday. 
— Use WOULD for a custom. Use USED TO for a discontinued habit.

MISTAKE : Last year, I used to study very hard. (Including an adverb is awkward)
SOLUTIONS:
I used to study very hard.
— Remove the adverb.
Last year, I studied very hard.
— Change the verb to past tense when using an adverb for time.
When I was in college, I used to study very hard.
— Use a time-relative clause to refer to an earlier stage of life.

MISTAKE: I used to live in Missouri for five years. (Including an adverb is awkward)
SOLUTIONS:
I lived in Missouri for five years.
— Use past tense with a quantity of time.
I used to live in Missouri.
— USED TO is not used with a quantity of time.

MISTAKE: I used to go to the gym several times. (Including an adverb is awkward)
SOLUTIONS:
I went to the gym several times.
— Use past tense.
I often used to go to the gym.
— Use an adverb of frequency instead.

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