Used to VS. Past form verb

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I have learned that "I used to live in the USA in 2009" is wrong because the "used to" structure is a general statement and it doesn't refer to a specific time, so it should be "I lived in the USA in 2009". Do you agree with it? Or could you explain any differences between them?

 

1) I lived in the USA.

 

2) I used to live in the USA.

 

Is there a meaning difference between them? I think that all of them mean the same and they are interchangeable for the same meaning. What do you native English speakers think? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day

edited Mar 06 '13 at 15:40 Hans Contributor

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They're identical in meaning. It's just a matter of style/preference.

link comment answered Mar 08 '13 at 09:32 Wallid Fielding New member
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The only time it becomes different is if you tacked on more information. For instance, "I lived in the United States for 5 years" works fine, but "I used to live in the United States for 5 years" is awkward.

link comment answered Mar 08 '13 at 09:33 Wallid Fielding New member

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