In English, "used to" is classified as a modal auxiliary verb that signals the imperfect tense of the verb that comes after it. In Spanish, the imperfect tense is expressed by an inflection of the verb or by the verb "soler."
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I used to fight
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (I used to get in fights)
a. solía pelear
I spent a lot of time in detention because I used to fight with kids in school.Pasé mucho tiempo castigado en la secundaria porque solía pelear con los chicos en la escuela.
I used to fight a lot when I was younger. I was a violent and angry person.Peleaba mucho cuando era joven. Era una persona violenta y cargada de ira.
2. (I used to get in arguments)
a. solía discutir
I used to fight with my parents when they wouldn't let me do stuff.Solía discutir con mis padres cuando no me dejaban hacer cosas.
I used to fight with my friends over trivial things: where we would go out to eat, what movie we'd see, etc.Discutía con mis amigos por trivialidades: dónde iríamos a comer, qué película veríamos etc.
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