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Sentence transformation - CAE

 
 
Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2016 07:49 am
Hello,I have a question concerning sentence transformation.
I don't get why in the correct answer there is "would" and generally in the assignment. I would fill the gap with "compete with one"

Is it right, that would have the same meaning as "USED TO" in this case? Thanks for clarification.

During our summers at the beach, we often used to compete with each other to see who could collect the most shells.
WOULD
During our summers at the beach, we ...... another to see who could collect the most shells.

The correct answer "would compete with one"
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2016 01:28 pm
@MartinoKakabo,
Quote:
WOULD
During our summers at the beach, we ...... another to see who could collect the most shells.


Sorry. I'm not sure what you're asking.
MartinoKakabo
 
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2016 03:20 pm
@cicerone imposter,
The task is to fill the gap with 3-6 words and to use the word "WOULD". The second sentence must have the same meaning as the previous sentence.


Is it right, that "would" have the same meaning as "USED TO" in this case? - in the second sentence.

The point is that I'm not a nattive English speaker. We often translate and use the word "would" as - "we would like to have children.." or "we would appreacite it"
In this case - the meaning of "WOULD" seems to mean "USED TO"



PS: I think I found it, the answer is Yes.

cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2016 04:24 pm
@MartinoKakabo,
"Would" is future tense. "Used to" is past tense.

Would it be possible to travel from point A to point B?

I used to travel from point A to point B.
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33export
 
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2016 05:12 pm
Sounds conditional -

who would want to go there in this weather? I'd go if I knew
they were home.
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centrox
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2017 04:09 am
1. In British English, and I'm pretty sure US English as well, one of the uses of 'would' is indeed as an equivalent of 'used to', that is, to talk about a past habitual action. A bit old-fashioned but definitely not obsolete or rare.

When I lived in London, on Sundays I would often walk near the river Thames.

When I was a child, in winter my mother would buy extra firewood.

2. You ask if you could fill the gap with "we compete". If you did this you would change the meaning from a past habitual action to a present one.

Quote:
During our summers at the beach, we ...... another to see who could collect the most shells.

The correct way to fill the gap using 'would' is:

During our summers at the beach, we would compete with one another to see who could collect the most shells.

Note: "one another" is a formal old fashioned way of saying "each other".
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2017 04:44 am
@MartinoKakabo,
MartinoKakabo wrote:

The task is to fill the gap with 3-6 words and to use the word "WOULD". The second sentence must have the same meaning as the previous sentence.


Is it right, that "would" have the same meaning as "USED TO" in this case? - in the second sentence.

The point is that I'm not a nattive English speaker. We often translate and use the word "would" as - "we would like to have children.." or "we would appreacite it"
In this case - the meaning of "WOULD" seems to mean "USED TO"

PS: I think I found it, the answer is Yes.

You're comparing different definitions of the word "would."
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centrox
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jan, 2017 01:39 pm
Seems a shame to get a thumbs-down for a carefully researched answer.
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