220.127.116.11. Habitual as the past
This expresses the habitualness in the past, it means the repeated acts. Therefore, the frequent adverbials like "every day", "every morning", "often" and "always" are co-occurred. See the following examples.
a. After work he played tennis every day.
b. Ted often walked along the street during his lunch breaks.
The above means the acts repeated in the past as the habitualness. These are the past habitualness, therefore they are separated from the present. Thus, (13a) means he does not play tennis now, and (13b) means he does not walk during it. The time representation of the past tense is as follows.
The repeated act means the durative act. The above can be considered the following figure.
The above is similar to the state in the previous subsection 18.104.22.168 and the past progressive form. Another time line in the above expresses the durative habitualness.
And it does not extend to the present, this means it stops at a certain past.
a. I started work in the morning at eight o'clock and I did fifteen hours every day.
b. How often did you go to the headquarters? Was it every week?
The above is the same. (16b) asks the frequency. It is not many times but it is also habitual, and expressed as the previous figure.
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