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Which of these is correct when talking about past habits?

I ________ have a 2003 Toyota Matrix.

He ________ be a psychologist.

She ________ take the garbage outside every week.

I remember when my brother ___________ buy me a new videogame for every one of my birthdays.

Which of these sentences is incorrect when talking about past habits, behaviours, or states?

I _______ work as a pharmacist.

I _________ deliver newspapers on the weekend.

Didn't you _________ work for IBM?

A friend of mine __________ always come late to class.

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349 Comments on “English Grammar – “Would” in the past”

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Thanks alot, My Teacher!

Thursday, March 31st 2011

    alot is not a word buddy!

    Friday, April 1st 2011

      wow what you taught it is so good!

      Saturday, June 16th 2012

    hi how old r u?

    Friday, April 1st 2011


    Thursday, December 26th 2013

Hi Alex
it’s a good lesson,but i am still confused how could we use would have in past can u plz make a vedio on different usese of would have thanks.

Thursday, March 31st 2011

I have a quistion why you used ….were wth I …”if i were taller “…. i don’t understand could u tell me pls…thanks

Thursday, March 31st 2011

    me too, but i understand a little bit, maybe it is because he used the word ”IF”means you wanna do in the future, that’s why its -‘if i were taller.

    Monday, June 20th 2011

    Hi there, when we say about an imaginary situation, sth is not real, sth unlike we always use WE for all people. Ex: If I/YOU/ HE/ SHE/ THEY WERE… I hope u get it!!! ;)

    Friday, June 26th 2015

      I’m sorry, I made a mistake: I could edit my explanation. I said We always use WERE….

      Friday, June 26th 2015

why used were with I and not was…???

Thursday, March 31st 2011

Hello, Alex! Could explain the reason to this answer:
Didn’t you used to work for IBM?
Thank you and congratulations for your good job!

Thursday, March 31st 2011

    Here, ‘work’ is a state like ‘live’ so the same rule applies.

    But many people would write the question:

    Didn’t you use to work for IBM?

    Thursday, April 7th 2011

It is easy to understand your lesson. Get with big thanks!!!

Thursday, March 31st 2011

    but i have a little bit problem with it.

    Saturday, April 9th 2011


Thursday, March 31st 2011

sir i want to know one thing. could u tell me an interrogative sentence having term “used to”. Please sie . i mean i want to know a sentence which is interrogative and containing term used to

Friday, April 1st 2011

thank you teacher for drawing my attention to the difference between them because i thought that they are interchangeable

Friday, April 1st 2011

well, i got 10/10. it’s good to have a refresher course on ‘would’ and ‘used to’usage. thank you, sir allen.

Friday, April 1st 2011

Hi, Alex! What are differences between
1) yours and your and my mine and etc.

2) “etc.” and “so on”

Friday, April 1st 2011

Dear sir, could you have a lesson on four conditional sentences? Actually I need its application! I’ll be grateful to you,if you could..!

Friday, April 1st 2011

Thanks Sir Alex

Friday, April 1st 2011

oh my god too bad i got 3 out of 10,,,,,,,,,,

Friday, April 1st 2011

    marzia, you’ve been honest to yourself when you said you got low score…that’s part of learning. keep going! everything will turn out well!

    Sunday, October 14th 2012

    don’t worry marzia we’re the same I got 3 out of 10 too, it’s really confusing but we have to keep going we can do it! ^_^

    Wednesday, September 14th 2016

Hi Alex I have a question in this sentence”the doctor made them will” is “will” here is objective complement or obligatory adverb I mean is it pattern 7 or pattern 6 in sentences type ?

Friday, April 1st 2011

    I am not Alex nor an English teacher, but your sentence “the doctor made them will” is so incorrect, what ever the patten it belongs too. If Alex sees this he is sure to SOB.

    Sunday, September 1st 2013

    It must be a typo in the sentence. “The doctor made them well” makes more sense. This is a past action,so I think we can use either “would” or “used to” in the sentence, such as “In the past, the doctor would make them well” or “In the past, the doctor used to make them well”.

    Tuesday, November 19th 2013

HI ALEX i was waiting for this lesson. i have question how i can use would in the future . thanks

Friday, April 1st 2011

Hi Alex you are an excellent teacher
I would like to know the exact meaning of [your word agains my word] i heard people say that . thank you keep up the good work you are doing.

Friday, April 1st 2011

thanks that was very helpful

Friday, April 1st 2011

good to know

Friday, April 1st 2011

it’s so easy …thanks

Friday, April 1st 2011

THANKS THANKS THANKS!!! great lesson!! my score was 9 of 10!

Friday, April 1st 2011


Friday, April 1st 2011

Hey Alex, how’s it going? is there other words that i can change when i used BECAUSE???, i’d like to explain something without because.
Thank you.

Friday, April 1st 2011


Saturday, April 2nd 2011

What great teacher you are, Thanks a lot for helping me to improve my English. You are all great.
here from Brazil I senf you a big hug

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

Thank you. That was a good lesson.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

WoOoOoW, I got 10 out of 10
Thank you Mr.Alex.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

    What’s up with W’s O’s.

    Sunday, September 1st 2013

Thank you, it was very usefull lesson)

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

Thank you.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

very interesting..thanks,i really appreciate

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

hi mr, Alex . i’d like to thank u for this listen that helped me much . with the best:)

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

thanks alot
i wish u do many lessons about tenses

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

Thank you for help me to make it clear. i like your lesson

Monday, April 4th 2011

Thank you for your explanation.

You’re a very good teacher.

Monday, April 4th 2011

Thank you.
Your lesson is very helpful.

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

That’s great.

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

Thanks so much for the lesson! enjoyed it!

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

Thank you for your teaching
i think that you are a good teacher

Thursday, April 7th 2011

Thanks so much for the lesson .

Thursday, April 7th 2011

I scored 9 out of 10. Thanks for the lesson. You are very understandable while you ‘re speaking :)

Thursday, April 7th 2011

It is great Mr:Alex I’ve got 10 out of 10 thanks alot

Friday, April 8th 2011

It is graet. I’ve got 10 out of 10

Friday, April 8th 2011

i took a quiz and i got 9 out of 10, it means i understand the lesson and the grammar rules of this lesson, however im just wondering why we use present verb after would, where as we are talking about the past..hope you could explain the answer to me…thanks..

Friday, April 8th 2011

Hello Mr. Alex this was a good lesson but I am cnfuse these three words would ,used to ,both… How can I recognize to use them in correct way… Please can u explain more in a new lesson. Thanks

Friday, April 8th 2011

    as alex explaination, “would” can be used and replaced “used to ” only for habitual action in the past, however there are some exception that you can only use ” used to ” , for an instance your talking abut the place where you were living before and your profession that you were working before. hope this help you understand the lesson. keep studying..

    Saturday, April 9th 2011

tnx Alex
i couldnt understand why used to is correct in this question:
didnt u ….. work 4 IBM?
PLZ explain 4 me…

Saturday, April 9th 2011

Thank you very much
Kob Kun Ka :)

Saturday, April 9th 2011

thanks a lot,sir
i had so many confusion using ‘would’ and ‘used to’ ,however now i know ,when i use ‘would’ and ‘used to’ and once again thanks a lot,sir

Saturday, April 9th 2011

Thanks for your lessons, they’re all very helpful. I’ve a grammar question that’s bothering me… Can I use WILL after WHEN in a sentence?
Such as: “I’ll return the book when I’ll see you next week” Is it wrong? why? thank you so much!

Sunday, April 10th 2011

This is my first lesson in this web site I’m really exinted by the quality of education thank you so much my teacher

Sunday, April 10th 2011

i want to know the difference of “would” and “would have”

Sunday, April 10th 2011

still i din’t understand the difference between the “would” and “used to”.

Monday, April 11th 2011

its quite complicated having both with a singular person,
do you have a reason for it?

Monday, April 11th 2011

Good practice thanks

Monday, April 11th 2011

I wanted to know adjective and adverb subjected verb explain to me more

Monday, April 11th 2011

    Hi dahir,

    Check out this link:

    This should answer most of your questions.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      alex uncle didn’t always use with “used to” tell me

      Thursday, September 20th 2012

        First and foremost at envid No uncle’s and No Anty’s Only Teachers. The grammar in your sentence is a brain twister.

        Sunday, September 1st 2013

      Hello sir,
      Besides, what are the situations where i can use ‘would’in the simple past??

      Sunday, August 11th 2013

      Please explain me why you used were instead of was in the first sentence.For example
      If I “WERE” taller, I would play basketball.
      If I “WAS” taller, I would play basketball.
      Thank you.

      Sunday, November 17th 2013

great… another 10… thx a lot…

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

thank you so much it is very informative, I used to be a good listener

Wednesday, April 13th 2011

Hi sir! I wanna ask a question from you. In the question above, what does “both” mean in the above questions.

Thursday, April 14th 2011

thanks, I think very accomplishment lesson and very clearly.
kadir ali

Thursday, April 14th 2011

Thanks a lot. I would play ping pong twice a week….. how do you record a movie without mistakes? Do you learn it or is it easy for you?

Friday, April 15th 2011

    A little of both, although grammar is not always easy, even for native speakers.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

I thank you exceedingly.

Friday, April 15th 2011

Great class I learned a lot good job

Saturday, April 16th 2011

I got 8 out of 10. I was just confused because there’s “both” in the choices. Thanks Teacher Alex! :)

Saturday, April 16th 2011

Hi there.
I’ve read the comments and everyone would thank you so do I, well I had the quiz for the first time and I got 7/10 its good attempt I’ll try my level best.
Thanks very much for your lesson on the above.

Sunday, April 17th 2011

I want develop my English ability.

Monday, April 18th 2011

hello mr Alex;i wonder if you could give me your skype account,cause i am an english learner and i just want to improve my spoken skills at english language ,thank you so much in advance teacher.sincerely

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

I got confusing why you said “I were” instead of I was in the first sentence

Thursday, April 21st 2011

i had really enjoyed ur way of learning english is excellent

Thursday, April 21st 2011

It is very easy way to learn English. It is understandable to me. Thank U.

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

Thnaks a lot Alex.

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

i dont understand in the last question, it is “a friend of mine ____ always came late to class… we don’t say A friend of mine use to always came late to class… right? but, the answer is both.. why?

Sunday, April 24th 2011

but. i enjoyed… hehe… i love ur lessons.. tnx

Sunday, April 24th 2011

THAKX :D the explanation was very clear.

Greetings from Mexico City !!!

Please do not stop to make classes like this.

Sunday, April 24th 2011

Thank you ,it is understandable .

Sunday, April 24th 2011

    Goodluck with ur English!

    Tuesday, January 24th 2012

      Thank you dear Fatima for your kindness
      I wish the best things for you
      Take care

      Wednesday, February 1st 2012

      Thank you dear Fatima for your kindness
      I wish the best things for you
      Take care

      Thursday, February 2nd 2012

10/10. Thanks doc.

Monday, April 25th 2011

thank you so much for the lesson it was so helpful and the explanation was really good and really fruitful, wish u keep on doing this great efforts and stay blessed.

Monday, April 25th 2011

thanks alot

Monday, April 25th 2011

thanks a ton!!These lessons are easy to be understood. They’re really helping ESL learners. :D

Thursday, April 28th 2011

I’m still not clear how to use would & used to.
Please, explan me again.

Thank you.

Friday, April 29th 2011


Friday, April 29th 2011

A friend of mine _both__ always come late to class.
used to

i would like to know about both word please explain me why it is use

Monday, May 2nd 2011

I’m very happy to know your lecture.
Thanks a lot

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Thanks alot Alex. I’ve never used would we are used to using ( used to) to explane somethig happen in the past and we used to do it every day so, I’m still confused how to use WOULD in the same time.On the other hand is it matter if I use ( used to ) only in the past habits?..
Thank you again for your time hopefully to find the answer from you.
you are the best…

Wednesday, May 4th 2011

    Your lessons are very interesting.

    Wednesday, May 4th 2011

could you please expalin for me .is used to helper verb or not?thank.

Thursday, May 12th 2011

could you explain me about relation between hypothesizing and first, second and third conditional.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

afeter watching this video by me, I had some idea about where we use would.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

hi Alex sir….. thanks u soo much for lesson. if u dont mind plz let me know your email address i wanna be learn more english lesson i live in canada.thanks

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

Hello! Very, very good lesson. Congratulations!
Can I ask?
Where do you used to live before you came in US?

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Thanks Alex ! It is really useful stuff.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011

Respected Sir
Thanks a lot

Monday, June 20th 2011

oh shit… i got only 4 marks out of 10

although i understood well so i don’t know how can i use it in front of ppl…..
but i always wanna say that Alex is a good teacher and gives us a great class

Friday, June 24th 2011

Oh.. I really appreciate your class. I will learn English more and more.. thank you very much..

Monday, June 27th 2011

Hi Alex,I’am a new student would you mind if I ask you a question could u please help me!

Could you pls. explain the meaning of Perfect Modal and the Perfect Modal Continues, because when I speak sometimes I get lost, and when to use it.

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

I will be very glad if you take a glance to answer my questions. Tnx!

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

By the way, my name is Britzz I will appreciate your kindness!

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

Thank You. Lesson understood!

Friday, July 1st 2011

Can would be used to express the future tense?

Saturday, July 9th 2011

Can would be used to express the future tense?

Saturday, July 9th 2011

    Would can only be used for present and past conditionals, and to talk about typical past behaviour or habits.

    Friday, November 25th 2011

      Hi Alex, Thanks for your lessons. I have a question. What is the difference between these sentences: I had a Toyota car and this sentence I used to have a Toyota car. These two sentences mean the same, don’t they?

      Thursday, November 9th 2017

thanks Alex for this lesson

Saturday, July 9th 2011

Thanks a lot…..that was very detailed and informative…

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

excellent clase, just today i kwen these website, but i have watched two videos and i have learned a lot.

Saturday, July 30th 2011

you;re just wonderful

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

Thanks for your teaching as good for more understand

Saturday, August 6th 2011

what is both in grammar and what has todo with would??

Wednesday, August 10th 2011


Tuesday, August 16th 2011


Sunday, August 21st 2011

This lesson is very useful me. I got 9/10
Thank you very much.

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

Hola a todos !!! entienden castellano?? Hi alex I`m argentinian from mendoza downtown, I really enjoyed looking at your videos they are so interesting for me because I`m not a NATIVE speaker and i do not know to write and speak it like all you do. Can you contact to me . I hope so Thanks Im so glad !!! Besos(KISSES)

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

I got 10/10.thankx again

Friday, August 26th 2011

on the school soccer team …? not schools ?

Monday, August 29th 2011

Another good lesson. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 31st 2011

Thanks a lot :)

Monday, September 5th 2011

And Argentina????? ¬¬ jeje

Thanks for the lesson. it was very usefull

Thursday, September 8th 2011

Hi,Alex.I have always confused ‘used to and would’ but your lecture is clear to understand, thank you
And I didnt understand that if we can use ‘used to/use to’ in question forms.
For example in this quiz question, the correct item is ‘used to’ but I think it should be ‘use to’? Thanks again.
Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?
used to

Monday, September 12th 2011

7 out of 10…so bed…I need more practice for this lesson…)Thanks,Alex)

Sunday, September 25th 2011

good teaching alex…………thank u very much

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Hi Alex, you are very good teacer!. Well, I have a question, It is common use both?

Thursday, September 29th 2011

hamster is not with P.HamPster.that is not correct.

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

hi alex.
am naveen this videos are very useful me.
thx alex

Wednesday, October 5th 2011


Monday, October 10th 2011

thanks for your help

Monday, October 10th 2011

Alex, thanks a lot! It’s great job! I found this lesson extremely useful! (for teachers as well)))

Monday, October 17th 2011

Awesome.I obtained 10 on 10.

Sunday, November 6th 2011

why both???waah!sorry i cant understand,…!can u give me another example??thatn

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

thanks alex sir.usufull lesson.if you don’t mind,please give me some example about’would’

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

Thank you Alex. Useful info for me. Only the construction “Didn’t you used to…” makes my brain boil)

Friday, November 11th 2011

thank to you so much,you are great

Saturday, November 12th 2011

Hi! Alex I also didn’t understand why can’t we use ” If I was taller instead of I WERE”

Friday, November 25th 2011

    This is changing today. In older grammar books, they advise using “If I were,” but more modern ones also say that “If I was” is okay. Honestly, both are used by native speakers, so if you say “If I was” in a conversation, people will know what you mean.

    Friday, November 25th 2011

thanks for your lessons can you please teach me more sentences about would

Monday, November 28th 2011

Alex,you are my favourite teacher.I like your lessons they are useful for me.Hi, Irena ¨from Czech rep.in Europe.

Monday, November 28th 2011


Tuesday, December 6th 2011


Saturday, December 10th 2011

I like it..but still not very clear about would could and being n been uses

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

thank you very much Alex your lessons are very useful we love you so much.

Friday, December 16th 2011

Thank you .
I feel good when I listen to your lesson .

Sunday, December 18th 2011

when i was wake up early i woud visit english vidio and then having a breakfast

Monday, December 19th 2011

a very good explanation Alex , as always. Please , make lessons about GERUND and please explain how to use prepositions more detailed and about many other grammar problems , this would be very useful, thanks teacher.

Saturday, December 24th 2011

That’s great .
Thank you and Merry X’mas

Tuesday, December 27th 2011

Thank you my teacher.
but I think there is mistake in the quiz…
Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?
The answer is used to!!!
I think we must delete (ed) right???

Saturday, December 31st 2011

Dear Alex
As I remember in some cases in the past, if you are going to quote from someone’s sentence like “I will be there on time”, you should say he told me that he would be there on time.
Is this a conditional use or other?


Saturday, December 31st 2011

    You are correct, but the grammar point is called “reported speech.” It’s not a conditional.


    “I like cheese!”
    “He said that he liked cheese.”

    “I will be there!”
    “He said he would be there.”

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

thank you Alex a wonderful and a useful lesson

Friday, January 13th 2012

I like your lessons Alex they’re usefull. But there’s something not clearly in my head….Why I cannot use both WOULD and USED TO when i say I used to work as a pharmacist. ? wor is not and action?

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

    Your focus is on the fact that you were a pharmacist. If you’re talking about a job that you had in the past, you should use “used to.” You CAN use work with “would” in the past too, though.

    “In high school, I would always work very hard.”

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

Thank you so much Alex, I get 8/10 on exercise.

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

I got …

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

Alex in the last text’s question the correct answer is both, used to and would but used to is after the always.

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

Thanks for a good lesson. ‘If I were taller’ like that if I wanna use for ‘they’, is there any different in that?
For example, If they were taller, they would play basketball. Is that correct?

Saturday, February 18th 2012

A useful lesson, but, pls, could you explain using “didn´t you used to” ?
I found this : http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/used-to

Is it somehow different in the american english?

Thanks a lot for the answer.
all the best.

Monday, February 20th 2012

My third re-run for this part.

Thank you so much.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Did not used to is incorrect it should be did not use to

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

4.- (used to express repeated or habitual action in the past): We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.

from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/would

Thanks for the lesson.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Thank You , Alex. You explained fantastic… I love this programme.

Monday, March 5th 2012

I use to use would
thx sir

Friday, March 9th 2012

What a great site I just found! Thank you so much! I also missed ‘work’ example though I was almost sure the same rule applies for that.

Monday, March 12th 2012

So, rather than memorizing exceptions, can we say that if the activity has no close relation to the time:
– I’m a doctor even when I’m asleep
– I work for IBM even though I’m driving home now
– I have a hamster however my mum is taking care of him while I’m on vacation
– etc
we should always use ‘used to’, right?
PS: sorry for my grammar I’m not a native speaker

Monday, March 12th 2012

Hi Alex,you are a very good teacher.
But I have a doubt in the first sentence that you wrote.The sentence is:
“If I were taller,I would play basketball”.
Is this sentence same as “If I was taller,I could have played basketball”
or does it mean “I am not taller,so I can’t play basketball”
And,why did you use ‘were’ after the subject ‘I’?.
Didn’t have to use ‘was’ after ‘I’?
And also tell me why ‘would’ is called as past of ‘will’?
Could you please explain?,,because I’m so confused now..
Thank you :)

Sunday, April 1st 2012

i used to watch stupid movies instead of teaching English) but now i prefer to watch ur videos. thanks

Monday, April 9th 2012


I like it you clarified it well

Tuesday, May 8th 2012


also wondered if simple past can be used for pastactions or habits?thank you

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

hello Sir,
I have difficulty in understanding use of would. what should I do?

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

You are great Alex

Saturday, May 12th 2012

thank teacher

Friday, May 18th 2012

Hi Alex, what is the difference between “I used to be a doctor” and “I was a doctor”? Thanks

Thursday, May 24th 2012

thanks Alex.,

Monday, May 28th 2012

Thanks Alex very much. That’s all what I need now. I was wondering a lot of about how to use Would.

Friday, June 15th 2012

I want to know about” would ‘in other situations. plase help me .

Saturday, June 16th 2012

Alex great job… thank you

Monday, June 25th 2012

nice lesson,tanks Alex…

Friday, June 29th 2012

Hi guys: thanks for the quiz and also for your video, now i understand clearer the use of used to and would. Bye =D

Monday, July 9th 2012

i don’t too much understand

Monday, July 16th 2012

I use your video in my blog englishiza.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Hi Alex, please help mi with this sentences with would in the past. Both of them were incorrect. Could you tell me why?
_______ work as a pharmacist. I put both, why not?
A friend of mine __________ always come late to class.
I put both too.
Thank you Alex

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Hi Alex, sometime I hear some people use would or could in present tense. Fox example: Probably she would come
I guess they used Would in this sentence as they weren’t sure the woman comes or not, isn’t it?

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

is this correct: “If I were healthy, I would undergo training everyday and I would become more successful.”

Monday, August 6th 2012

hello frnds
could u explain how to use “would be,would have & would have been”
and in what conditions.
for example
1) he would have been a great cop

2) (u should have told me).”i would have gone with you too”

3)i would be there

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

I like the teaching

Sunday, August 12th 2012

10 out of 10 =) Thanks Sir !

Sunday, August 26th 2012

thanks sir.i got 9 out of 10.

Monday, August 27th 2012

nice episode after long time i got this episode.thank you sooooooooooo much…

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

hi..alex i want to know,are these all correct?
if i were there,i would have enjoyed it too.
i would do it,if i were you.
i would have done it,if i were you.
thanks in advance,hope you will reply…..

Friday, August 31st 2012

Hi sir,

In question 9, ‘Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?’ None of the three choices (would/ used to / both) are correct.
The right answer is ‘use to’, isn’t it?
Anyway, congratulations for your clear and really useful explanation.

Thursday, September 13th 2012

alex uncle didn’t always use with used to never with would?????

Thursday, September 20th 2012

In the quiz about used to/ would I think No9 is incorrect Look!
9. Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?
used to
you sloved it as /used to which is not correct
the answer should be use to because we have didn’t

Thursday, September 20th 2012

I have got 6 correct out of 10.Development for old man is very dificult to do.I hope that will be better.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    Just keep trying. Even if you don’t get everything right, you will still know more than you did ten minutes earlier!

    Thursday, September 27th 2012

Hi Alex! You REALLY taught this point to me! I love your videos!

Saturday, September 29th 2012

9. Didn’t you _________ work for IBM?
2,used to
This is a question from the quiz. The second variant is correct. Сan you explain if this is a question then why do we use the verb “use” with ed-ending? I thought that the anwer would be like “Didn’t you use to work_ for…?”

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

    This was a typo on the quiz. It has been fixed!

    Monday, October 15th 2012

hello teacher !i am so greatful on you and finally i got a problem that would be a question .so ,would is the future of past ,right ?i really would like to know about it and please ,teacher i am waiting for that specifically .thank you

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

sorry dear best teacher it was not good not even 30% I do not know what happen to you it seemed you had a problem home or with some other colleague at Engvid school . I guess Jam because he talks too much and that is the main reason to make you confused and stressed Please take it easy cool down neglect him try to get a cup of coffee with Emma or Ronnie Robacca set with them talk to them and do not even mention his name Jam loves problems and also known as a trouble maker

Thursday, October 11th 2012


Thursday, October 11th 2012

Wonderful lesson on would. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

Thanks Alex. Your teaching is very interesting. I like it very much. Keep up !

Saturday, November 3rd 2012

I’m so happy I have found this site :) Thank you Alex. Your lessons are great!

Thursday, November 8th 2012

Thanks a lot.
As I know the pet hamster is written without “p” :-)

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Hi, thank you so much for your class. It would be great if you could teach us the differences between used to + infinitive, be/ get used to + noun and + ing form, it’s a little bit confused to me. Thank you so much again, have a good day. Please!

Thursday, November 29th 2012

thank you for the courtesy extended

Saturday, December 1st 2012

Dear Alex,
sometimes letter U sound I like in business.
how do we know U sound (yooo) or I in a word

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

Alex let me talk a little about my self

I waste a lot of my time trying to improve my English. I used to read from books that I could improve my English. Actually, For me it is extremely to achieve more in seeking to develop my English even though I got a degree in my subject by using English. But the English itself I found it is hard to me.

Since I’ve start to take lessons from this websites, I notice a big change which is uncompetable to before when I am unsuccessful to make a big change by time.

Thank you

Saturday, December 8th 2012

    I’m happy to hear that! It takes patience and persistence, but sometimes you just need the right tools to help you out. If engvid is working for you, that’s great.

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

      ALex please check my post and please correct me.

      Saturday, August 17th 2013

      What are the differences between I am from a place AND I come from a place?
      I would appreciate it if you could answer My question A.S.A.P.

      Friday, March 14th 2014

Thank’s teacher for there valuable tips

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Hi Alex. I did the exercise and I would like to know why using the verb “work” talking about our pass, we can not use “would”. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Sorry, I mean, talking about our past. Because “work” is not a past state, location neither possession. thanks.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thank you very much, Alex!
It was exactly what I was looking for :)

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

thank you so much Alex i like how calm you are, and how you take your time to explain the lessons you are my favorite teacher keep the good work

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

why “Didn’t you would work for IBM?” is wrong ? isn’t action ?

Sunday, December 30th 2012

Wow, 10/10!

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

What is the difference between I would go and I would have gone?

Saturday, January 5th 2013

it is an excellent class by u sir Alex
it is easy to understand your english
and also engvid has provided a quiz facility to test our knowledge
your are my favorite teacher

Sunday, January 6th 2013

hi alex….In this video u have written ” when i we were “ON” the school team”….don’t u think it should be “IN” the school team…..i am toatlly confused between “IN” or “ON”…plz help me.
thank you

Sunday, January 6th 2013

Awesome lesson, very clear explained it, thanks a lot Alex

Monday, January 14th 2013

thanks buddy….

Saturday, January 19th 2013

Thanks Alex it was very usefull the explanation!

Friday, February 1st 2013

bravo…I got 10/10

Friday, February 1st 2013

    You are on fire! lol

    Wednesday, September 25th 2013

This lesson is great! Thanks you so much Alex.

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

Thanks so much! This lesson is very useful.

Saturday, February 9th 2013

Thank you ! Alex for explaining the diff between used to and would.

Sunday, February 10th 2013

Thank you so much!!!I’ve had confusion with would have, could have and should have or one more question can I use should/could in the replacement of would for the past activities ???

Your kind and instantaneous response would be highly appreciated!!!

Stay blessed!!!

Sunday, February 17th 2013

I’m really grateful to you for your class. It’s amazing.

Friday, February 22nd 2013

I do like your lessons , teacher Alix. I retook the quiz to check my understanding about would and used to. I noticed my hesitation when giving the answer— that means I am not so clear of their use although I got 10/10. Why only ‘ used to ‘ is the only correct answer rather than both? Without doubt, “I used to be a pianist ” is clear enough to understand comparing with ‘ I would be a pianist.” Wrong usage, isn’t it ?
By the way, I am confused in the following sentences :
Where are you from ? = ask my nationality.
Where do you come from ? = ask the last place I have just leaved.
Thank you.

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

Have I done something wrong ? I have no intention to log out this wonderful web site at all, instead, I spend times to improve my English through your lessons.
I remember that I have no idea how to upload my picture when submitting my application. If you won’t mind , may I just use the green logo here, which you provided me ?

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

I listened again this lesson then I got the answers. This is my fault . Your explanation is extremely clear . Now I’m able to use either ‘would’ or ‘used to’ properly. Thank you very much.

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

thanx,,,it’s usefullll

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

10/10 ))))
It was very important lesson.

Friday, March 8th 2013

hi sir..
i like your classes very much.. :)but i have some doubts in my mind like..
what is difference between
I won’t be able to do this, or
I wouldn’t be able to do this… can i use wouldn’t in lieu of won’t… pls answer me

Thursday, March 14th 2013

Hi Alex,
In this video i learned only that how to use would in past habits but i am still confuse how to use would in sentence while writing email. i need your help to use it in sentence. kindly reply on my comment.

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

thanks a lot sir alex

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thank you so much, alex

Monday, June 24th 2013

Thank you!

Sunday, June 30th 2013

teacher can I use would in past form like this in polite way.examples . How much I will pay? then could I say, it would be 10 dollars.
is it correct ?

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Hi alex :) I want to know the difference between -if I was taller and if I were taller .

Saturday, July 20th 2013

please explaing how would use in the present tense.

use of would accoring to my knowledge please correct if m wrong.
2.unreal condition
3.conditional sentence2 condition use would
4. polite request
5.to express what we wantor are willing to do
the above conditon are exhaustive according to my knowledge please correct me and tell me when use would in the present tense.

Saturday, August 17th 2013

6. uncomplete wish
would that I had not made this mistake.

Saturday, August 17th 2013

please correct me if I am wrong and illustrate wht is typical pastor present behaviour.

Saturday, August 17th 2013

Thank you so much professor :)

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

I got 3 correct out of 10. It might be the worst in my score. I’ll watch the video again, and try the quiz.
Never give up! Thank you Alex :)

Saturday, September 28th 2013

Hi Alex, your lessons are just great! I got really confused about the use of the preposition “on” in this sentence: When I was on the school soccer team. Something inside me tells me that I have to use “in” instead of “on”. Why “on”? Thank you so much.

Saturday, October 5th 2013

Alex, just let me say you made my day. :) Thank you!

Tuesday, October 8th 2013

A friend of mine would always come late to class.
Because if you use “used to” it should have a different order of words (A friend of mine used to come late to class always). I don’t know really why but that’s what my feeling tells me.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013

Thank you for your lesson. all of you are really great.

Thursday, November 28th 2013

Cool 10 of 10 ^_^ Thank youu very muchhh Alex.You are my favorite teacher…you are even better than my teacher at school.

Monday, January 13th 2014

I got 8 corect out of 10.It means I need to review the video several time till my mind tired out.
Please my Lord,the Brazil world Cup is come soon and I am spelling like a child.
I’m afraid I’ll never learn English the way it must to be.
But I hope one day I’ll be there!!!

Thursday, January 16th 2014

I got 9 out of 10, it’s not good, I have to study more

Monday, January 20th 2014

Thank you Alex!!!!!

Thursday, January 30th 2014

You’re explanation is very clear.Thank you so much♥

Monday, March 3rd 2014

easy to understand!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I always got 5 out 10. May be i should watch this video again. Thanks sir alex!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Hi sir alex!how about “can” and “could”?

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

thanks for your help very kind of you

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Thank you Alex! you are the best teacher))

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thanks! Very helpful! Sometimes in real conversations I “overthink” about sentece structure, and this lesson really helps!

Friday, March 28th 2014

hi Alex. tell me please why in first sentence is “I WERE” but in second “I WAS”?

Monday, March 31st 2014

    Alex already answered to this question above in this comment box. However, I’m gonna tell you. “If I were” is subjunctive and the correct way of saying. “if I was” is also used by natives but this is actually incorrect.

    Monday, April 21st 2014

helpful! thanks!

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

thank you teacher Alex…=)…i didn’t expect that i would get a score of 10/10

Sunday, June 15th 2014

Words are inadequate to express my gratitude.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

I _______ work as a pharmacist.
used to

Why can’t we use would here? Work is a verb in this sentence, so we could use would?

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

Really, I never used before ” used to”. In this quiz I did 40 % but other 40 % were right to used BOTH of them answers, so It’s not wrong to used one of them.

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Yeah, I got full marks!!!
Thank you for your lesson.
I would sleep when I studied English grammar, but not now.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Thank you for this lesson.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

every lesson i used to leave a comment, and also
every lesson I would leave a comment,

Sunday, October 12th 2014

Great lessons

Tuesday, October 28th 2014

Great quiz. I love quizzes that beside evaluate reinforce my knowledge of the lesson.

Thursday, November 20th 2014

Great lesson, thanx a lot!

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

this lesson has helped me so much!

Thursday, January 8th 2015

I would like to express my appreciation for your selfless efforts.
I have a question. what is difference between these two sentences
1.I have been a doctor
2.I used to be a doctor

Tuesday, January 20th 2015


Saturday, January 24th 2015

You used “I were…” and “I was…” actually this confused me is it correct to say like that?

Sunday, February 8th 2015

Would for past it’s very difficult for me i didnt understand

Saturday, February 21st 2015

Help me with these sentences: What should I use?
1. He____________ listen to heavy metal music when I was young.
2. When we were children, we ______________ get up and help our mother make breakfast.

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

    You can use both would and used to (:

    Monday, April 27th 2015

hi alez my name is eduardo….first of all i wanna thank you for your awesome classes.they´re really useful,thanks because this page is for free at least i dont have to pay at all and i have a excelent teachers here where i can learn everyday…keep it up you´re doing a unbelievable job here. thanks engvid teachers.

Tuesday, March 24th 2015

Thank you alex ! I was wondering if you could tell me how to use would
in the future because it’s so confusing ..

Monday, April 27th 2015

Hi Alex, Thank you for your lesson. It is now more clear than before. The difficult part for me is when i have to say it.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015


Sunday, May 10th 2015

Hampster or hamster ?

Wednesday, July 8th 2015

Love your videos Alex..It seems to me that I am in the classroom..

Thursday, July 16th 2015

Hi, Alex! Good chanel for getting a good experience on grammar. I like your videos, you did a lot and every other one is understandable, I make notes after watching. On the whole, thank you a lot for your work!!!

Sunday, July 26th 2015

Thanx alex before listen to this lecture i used to get confused.may god bless you even more virtures

Sunday, July 26th 2015

Thanks Alex :-)

Sunday, August 2nd 2015

Hi Alex, this is Dounia I was your student in Mtl, hope you are well, i ve just known about this site, i am really happy to see u here. You are a good teacher

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Thanks for the lesson, Alex!

Tuesday, August 25th 2015


Saturday, September 19th 2015

hi sir this is ramakrishna form INDIA

please clarify my doubts with word “would” usage

“in london she met the man that she would one day marry”
“he left 4 minutes late, unaware that the delay would save his life”

Please do need full

Wednesday, September 30th 2015

    In this sentence, “would” is used as future in the past.

    Wednesday, March 16th 2016

Thank you so much Alex

Sunday, October 11th 2015

Thanks, Alex!

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Thank you, Alex.

Saturday, February 13th 2016

You’re a great teacher Alex,thank you very much for your work.

Tuesday, March 1st 2016

Alex, you are adept at teacher. I love your lessons and others teacher’s lessons .
Would:ıt use active verbs such as run
used to:sitatuation and active such as I used to be a doctor and I used to run at university.Alex: ıt is correct?

Thursday, March 10th 2016

Thank you very much, Alex! Everything is clea.

Saturday, March 19th 2016

    Clear )))

    Saturday, March 19th 2016

Hi alex, Is it correct to say: when I was a child, I would go to school with my father?

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

Hey, Alex. Is this sentence gramatically corect?
-Mark would seem quiet and distant in class.

I dont think it is correct(seem is a stative verb).. but I read that in a book.
If it were correct, What would be the difference between “Mark seemed quite and distant in class” and the first one?

Sunday, June 12th 2016

    Check it out this one, please!!!

    When I was child, we used to go on Holiday to the coast. Every day, we would get up early, would have a quick breakfast and go down to the beach. we’d play in the sand and swim in the sea until lunchtime. It was great!!….

    “Would HAVE a quick breakfast” here is correct because “have” is not showing or meaning a possesion. It has another nuance. Doesn’t it?

    Sunday, June 12th 2016

very helpful.. Thanks for sharing Alex.

Tuesday, July 5th 2016

I did not used to have 7 outto 10 I always used to have less so I am improving my English skills thas great.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016

I scored 9 .thank u . Its difficult for me to said would in places of used to as used to seems to more appropriate as compared to would at several places.

Friday, July 29th 2016

Hi!! Great content and lesson!

I just have one doubt but it’s not about the lesson content. It’s about the “When I was on the school” sentence:
Why is “on the school” and not “in the school”? I’ve watched many lessons about prepositions and it seems it’s not enough yet. ha ha.

Thanks for the attention til now.

Thursday, September 1st 2016

thanks that was very helpful

Thursday, September 8th 2016

little tricky, nice information. thanks alex

Sunday, November 27th 2016

Thank you very much . One of the best lessons !

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

what does “both” mean in the sentences test ?. I don’t understand. im confused because that is not explained in the video

Saturday, August 5th 2017

You are great! But this last one, it’s a little confuse..

Tuesday, August 8th 2017

8/10. Thank you.

Thursday, October 5th 2017

Very useful thanks alot

Thursday, December 7th 2017

Why “both” is incorrect on questions 7 and 9? The verb “work” wasn’t mentioned on the 2nd part of the video.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

thank you teacher

Monday, February 26th 2018

Hi Alex,
In my humble opinion, in 7 and 9, the verb “work” describes an action. I’ve looked for it in Google and I’ve found 15,000,000 of sentences containing “I would work as a…”
In addition, is it correct the word “hampster”? I’ve looked for it and the result is not…
Take care,

Tuesday, March 6th 2018

Thanks Alex for a good lesson!

Thursday, May 3rd 2018

May l know if we could use the contraction form of ‘would’ which is l’d …..in the past form? for example;

‘I’d play piano twice a week” instead of “I would play piano twice a week’ ?

Thanks for this such useful lesson.

Sunday, July 8th 2018

Hi teacher Alex, your lesson is very important and I got it.
I get used to watching your EngVid and I can learn from the lessons.

Saturday, July 21st 2018

Thank you. This is not so easy for me to use when I speak but I wrote down all the examples that you wrote and I’ll go through them and I’m sure they’ll sink in.

Saturday, April 20th 2019

Thank you. A question: can we use “would” in the negative form? For example: I wouldn’t ride a bike when I was a child. Or we should say: I didn’t use to ride a bike?

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Thank you Alex. I only got 6 out of ten. I will study and try it again tomorrow.

Monday, May 20th 2019

50%its too bad for me l well learn mor

Monday, February 3rd 2020

Thank you Adam!

Wednesday, June 24th 2020

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