I was depressed for a month. When I was trying to beat my depression, I went to the cinema, I spent time outside, I learned new skills and worked out

I want the 4 actions in bold to sound as if they were regular/repetitive.

  1. Does the sentence sound natural without any changes?

  2. Should I use the Past Continuous to express the idea of repeated actions in the past that is not true today? ("I was going/learning/spending")?

  3. Is "would" more appropriate? (I'd go to the cinema, I'd spend time outside, I'd learn new skills") to stress the regular nature of these actions in the past?

I was told by teachers that "would" is only used for big periods of time and habitual actions, so I am not sure if it'll work with a 1-month period.

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Your initial sentence is absolutely fine.

None of the others ideas are an improvement, but if you want to introduce would it would be OK if you wrote the sentence as "I'd go to the cinema, spend time outside, and learn new skills. Repeating "I'd" is unnecessary, but not wrong.

The second example is fine, too.

  • thank you! Is it possible to use "would" if there is only 1 action, not a succession of actions, as in "When I was fighting depression, I'd go to the cinema" Commented Oct 31, 2022 at 10:18
  • @Mr.PastProgressive Yes, that's perfectly acceptable. "When I had" makes what follows conditional on what you had.
    – PRL75
    Commented Oct 31, 2022 at 10:26
  • Just to let you know, I edited the question and removed the OP's 2nd example to facilitate its reopening.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Nov 3, 2022 at 23:47

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