used to or Past Simple
Could you answer me , can I use "used to look '' instead of "looked'' in this sentence ''When I was small I used to look forward to bedtime because I knew my granny would read an unforgettable fairy tale to me.''
Used to describs an action or situation that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past.
The simple past refers to things that have already happened, and are finished doing their thing.
Now you decide if you can use ".....looked forward..."
|link||edited Jul 18 '12 at 11:05 Rahul Gupta Expert|
Rahul got 90% of the answer, but the other 10% may affect your choice.
"Used to" -- refers to a past event, or events, that no longer occurs/occur in the present. Rahul got that part.
The simple past refers to a past, completed event, or events. However, the simple past conveys no information about whether the event may reoccur in the present or future.
For continuing events, we use the perfect progressive form. The present perfect progressive is "have been looking". In this case, the event began in the past and continues into the present.
The past perfect progressive is "had been looking".
|link comment||answered Jul 18 '12 at 17:22 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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