“Would” for past habits and repeated past actions (Listening)

A. Rearrange the words in italics so that the three sentences have the same meaning:
1) As a child, always be to I hungry used at the end of the school day.
2) As a child, hungry always was I at the end of the school day.
3) As a child, be I hungry always would at the end of the school day.

B. Go to http://www.youtube.com and type in the following key words: “Dusty Springfield”; “Son of a Preacher Man”. Listen to the song and, in each set of options, circle the one you hear:

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son,
And when his daddy used to visit/would visit/visited he came/used to come/’d come along,
When they ‘d gather/gathered/used to gather round and would start/started/used to start talking,
Cousin Billy took/would take/used to take me walking,
Ah, through the back yard we ‘d go/went/used to go walking,
Then he looked/’d look/used to look into my eyes,
Lord knows to my surprise:

The only one who could ever reach me,
Was the son of a preacher man,
The only boy who could ever teach me,
Was the son of a preacher man,
Yes he was, he was, yes he was.

Being good isn’t always easy,
No matter how hard I try,
When he would start/started/used to start sweet-talking to me,
He came/used to come/’d come and tell me everything is alright,
He ‘d kiss/used to kiss/kissed and tell me everything is alright,
Can I get away again tonight?

Refrain

How well I remember,
The look that was in his eyes,
Stealing kisses from me on the sly,
Taking time to make time,
Telling me that he’s all mine,
Learning from each other’s knowing,
Looking to see how much we’d grown

Refrain

(John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins)

C. Read through the song again and cross out any of the options that you think could not or would not normally be used in the given context.

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