Is there any emotion implied (either positive or negative) when we use "would" for repeated past actions and situations? A few examples:
- I would dream away on nights like this.
- When a child, I loved it when my Grandpa dressed up as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, and then I would be happy for hours.
- When I was at school, the local bullies would beat me every day after classes.
The use of "would" seems rather "special" to me, so I often avoid it and use "used to" instead.