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Monday, 5 January 2015

We use used to do to talk about the past. It is not a tense but it is like a tense. It is a special structure. We use the structure used to do for the past only.

Structure of used to do

The structure of used to do is:
subject+main verb
Look at the structure again with positive, negative and question sentences:
notmain verb
+Iusedto like him.
-Ididn'tuseto work.
?Didyouuseto drink?
Used or use?
  • when there is no did in the sentence, we say used to (with d)
  • when there is did in the sentence, we say use to (without d)

Use of used to do

We use the used to do structure to talk about:
  • an activity that we did regularly in the past (like a habit)
  • a situation that was true in the past
I used to smoke.
Look at these examples:
She used to work in a shop.Now she works in a bank.
He used to watch a lot of TV.Now he doesn't watch much TV.
They used to be married.Now they are divorced.
There used to be a cinema here.Now there is a supermarket here.
I didn't use to go swimming.Now I go swimming.
Did you use to smoke?

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