I used to play football for 3 years.

  • Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Well, it's a bit "off". I can understand your reason for stating it this way. In English, we don't use that sort of construction.

    You merely say, "I played football for 3 years". It would be understood that you no longer play it. It was in the past. :)

    If you have been playing (and are still playing) for 3 years, then you would say, "I've been playing football for (the past) 3 years".
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