Verb tense after "would" and conjunction "and"?

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Which of the below sentences are correct?

 

(1) Just a year ago, she would sing and DANCE every day.

or 

(2) Just a year ago, she would sing and DANCED every day.

 

(3) Just a year ago, she would sing a song and PLAY a tune on the piano every day.

or

(4) Just a year ago, she would sing a song and PLAYED a tune on the piano every day.

 

Thanks.

tense tenses would Conjunction asked Feb 03 '13 at 23:31 grizz New member

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Would is followed by an infinitive verb, or in the case of your examples, two (or more) infinitive verbs.  Thus, sentences #1 and 3 are correct.

 

Used to + infinitive has the same meaning as this sense of would + infinitive, and is the preferred choice when talking about important habitual past action.  In your context, her daily singing and dancing are quite important, so ...she used to sing and dance every day sounds better.

 

However, your time phrase just a year ago is a little confusing for this context.  You are talking about a repeated, habitual past action, which is clear from both the used to/would + infinitive verb and the final time phrase every day; however, just a year ago is a point in time, not a period of time.  I think you mean that it was approximately a year ago that her daily singing and dancing stopped, correct?  If so, the time phrase you need is until.

 

She used to sing and dance every day until just a year ago.

 

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Feb 04 '13 at 02:38 Shawn Mooney Expert

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