'would' as a form of the past

Hi, could you please explain the use of would to describe events in the past? For example, when we talk about things we used to do we can use would:

When I was a child my parents would read stories to me.

What is the difference between these sentences:

There was a time when I would work more than 10 hours a day.
There was a time when I used to work more than 10 hours a day.

There was a time when I worked 10 hours a day.

Thanks again and have a good Saturday,
Nicole

Hi Nicole!

“Would” is normally used to describe a past routine, and it’s much widely used than “used to”. But I can’t see any difference whatsoever in meaning between both. So, for example, both: * He used to spend the day by the river.
and: * He would spend the day by the river.
bear the same meaning of past habit & routine.
Note, however, that when “used to” expresses a “discontinued habit” (i.e. I used to smoke a lot when I was younger), it CANNOT be replaced by “Would”. :lol:

Hi Ajanah, thank you for your explanation. Do you mean more widely used? Or maybe much more widely used? I mean, why would you use much to modify an adverb?
Regards
Nicole

:lol: Hi Nicole
just a misprint…thanks for that!! :lol: