4.1 present and past habits

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for regular repeated actions or states (present habits)
I usually get on very well with my brother.
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use the present simple, often with frequency adverbs such as usually, always, generally, normally, typically

for a habit which the speaker often finds annoying (present habits)
The people next door are always holding late-night parties.
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Use always + present continuous

for regular habits (present habits)
On Saturdays I'll usually buy croissants and we'll have them for breakfast.
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Use will + infinitive
This use of will is not connected to the future.

for regular repeated actions or states in the past (past habits)
We generally travelled to the campsite by car.
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Use the past simple, often with frequency adverbs.

for annoying habits in the past (past habits)
She was always criticising me.
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use always + past continuous

for repeated activities or states in the past which usually don't continue now. (past habits)
Jon used to smoke but he doesn't any longer. It didn't use to be so expensive.
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Use used to + infinitive

for repeated activities in the past. (past habits)
We'd sit down together for our meals. Not like families nowadays.
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Use would + infinitive.
Don't use it for states. Sometimes would has the idea of nostalgia. This use of would is not connected to conditionals.

for activities and states that happen regularly in the past but not now.
We used to have more free time...
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Use used to + infinitive

for regular activities in the past which no longer happen now.
People would sit around and watch TV or read.
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Use would + infinitive

Use frequency adverbs (always, usually, generally, normally, typically, etc.)
They usually watch YouTube clips together...
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+ present simple for present habits or + past simple for past habits.

to talk about repeated activities that are often annoying.
Why are they always talking on their mobiles?
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Use always + present continuous

to talk about activities which are present habits, often with frequency adverbs.
... or they'll often play a computer game together...
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Use will + infinitive


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