How to say the expression "used to" in dutch
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?
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."
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.
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 ;)
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.
So "Ik woonde in de Verenigde Staten" and "Ik woonde vroeger in de Verenigde Staten" insinuate different aspects?