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Help with making a question.



Telma Costa
Portugal

Help with making a question.
 
Hi there,
I ´m a bit messed up. What should be the question to get this answer?:
´We soon started chatting to a boy who said  was 19. We would chat to him for an hour each day. ´
I was thinking about ´

´How long did they chat to the boy every day? - But it just doesn ´t sound right! :-(

Can someone help me, please.

Thanks

16 May 2011      



maryse peyé
France

Hi Telma,
 
in my opinion you are wrong with the auxiliary and the personal pronoun. I would write : How long would you chat to him (the boy) each day ?
 
hope this will help. good night dear.

16 May 2011     



suhakhader
Jordan

Hello to all of you,
 
I agree with you, Maryse peye!

16 May 2011     



helena2009
Hungary

´We soon started chatting to a boy who said  was 19. We would chat to him for an hour each day. ´


What does would mean in the second sentence?

16 May 2011     



Telma Costa
Portugal

Well, I didn ´t write the text myself, but it seems to me that ´would ´ is being used as a synonym for ´used to ´, ie, a repetead action in the past! Am I wrong? Thank you all for your help :-)

16 May 2011     



maryse peyé
France

well, I would say this conditional is a future habit in the past. The preterit of ´started ´ in the previous sentence makes logical this future.

16 May 2011     



helena2009
Hungary

Look at this :

We sometimes use would (rather like used to) when talking about habitual past behaviour:

  • Every weekday my father would come home from work at 6pm and watch TV.
  • Every summer we ´d go to the seaside.
  • Sometimes she ´d phone me in the middle of the night.
  • We would always argue. We could never agree.

This quoation is from here.

16 May 2011