Whenever I stayed (would it grammatically correct if I used would stay here, instead of stayed?) up late, past my curfew, my dad would come to my bedroom, and tell me if I didn't go to bed quick, the boogeyman would get me.

What's the meaning of the the boogeyman would get me part? Is it grammatically correct, or should it be some other phrase used there instead of what was used there?

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    See here, 22nd meaning. – user3395 Apr 13 '16 at 21:13
  • Regarding “stayed” vs. “would stay”, why do you want to change it? Do you think it's missing something, that the meaning isn't clear? Anyhow, I would use the former. – user3395 Apr 13 '16 at 21:44
  • As a minor twist, in American English, I'd say get to bed rather than go to bed. This is independent of the use of get later in the sentence. It just sounds better, more idiomatic. – Alan Carmack Apr 14 '16 at 0:05
  • @user2684291, i just wanted to know whether the two are interchangeable. – lekon chekon Apr 14 '16 at 7:48

For the first question: many people would say "If I would stay", but I think that is still not regarded as standard English (I wouldn't say it myself).

For the second part, yes "The bogeyman would get me" is fine - it is the past (for reported speech) of "The bogeyman will get me", that is, will catch me.

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