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How to say the expression "used to" in dutch

Pedrinhozinho1
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I am having trouble looking for a translation for the expression "used to" in dutch, for example: "I used to live in the united states". Do any of you know how to convey once habitual events?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.
Kai_E.
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I would use the simple past tense and a time adverb like "vroeger".

So for "I used to live in the United States." I would say "Ik woonde vroeger in de Verenigde Staten."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
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Kai, is it also possible to say "Ik placht in de Verenigde Staten te wonen"? This option exists in German (with the verb "pflegen"), but it sounds very formal/stilted.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mar.Tijn

It is correct, but people would look really weird if you say that. And I don't think a lot of younger people would even understand you ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.
Kai_E.
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Yup, that's possible too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
Katherle
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Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.
Kai_E.
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No problem! I'll also add that it is pretty rarely used too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yoruji
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Emphasising that point here: I've never heard someone use the word "placht" before, and I'm a native living in the Netherlands. "Vroeger" is the most standard way to do this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pedrinhozinho1
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Thank you so much!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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So "Ik woonde in de Verenigde Staten" and "Ik woonde vroeger in de Verenigde Staten" insinuate different aspects?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mar.Tijn

Adding "vroeger" implies it is longer ago. "Ik woonde in" can mean like you lived there last year. If you say "Ik woonde vroeger in", you haven't lived there in many years.

4 years ago
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