Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past.

Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends.

I don't understand what "would" means in this case. Please help me; thanks in advance.

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    Related question, The habitual past “would” versus “simple past” tense. Did you try to look it up in the dictionary? See the No. 3 definition of Merriam-Webster.
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    Feb 29, 2016 at 8:41
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  • thanks Rathony so much <3 . I tried to look it up in Oxford but I just looked over . I 'm sorry :( Feb 29, 2016 at 8:54
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In this case, "would" means "I went there often, during the time I was a student". It describes an habit, it is equivalent to "I used to go there often".


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