USED TO DO SOMETHING – Now I Know

 

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USED TO DO SOMETHING

Do you know how to use USED TO? We use this expression to talk about something we did regularly in the past. So the key ideas that can help you remember it are the following:

USED TO refers to:

something you did REGULARLY IN THE PAST

something you DON’T DO ANY MORE in the present

 

EXAMPLES

I used to ride a bike to work.

Pete used to smoke, but he gave it up 2 years ago.

We used to work a lot in our garden when we had a house in the country.

 

HOW TO ASK A QUESTION WITH USED TO?

USED TO refers to the past so you can ask questions about it using “did”.

This is how to do it:

Did you use to ride your bike to work?

Did Pete use to smoke?

Did you use to work a lot in your garden?

HOW TO PUT USED TO IN THE NEGATIVE?

As with questions, you can use the auxiliary verb “did” to say USED TO in the negative.

I didn’t use to ride my bike to work. What makes you think so?

Pete didn’t use to smoke at all.

We didn’t use to work in our garden – our grandparents did.

You can take the USED TO – INTERACTIVE QUIZ to practice how to use it.

IMPORTANT:

DO not confuse USED TO DO SOMETHING with BE USED TO SOMETHING or GET USED TO SOMETHING.

Read more about BE USED TO SOMETHING and GET USED TO SOMETHING here.

Take an INTERACTIVE QUIZ to practice all 3 structures here

 

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USED TO DO SOMETHING – INTERACTIVE QUIZ

BE / GET USED TO SOMETHING / USED TO DOING SOMETHING – Now I Know

PRACTICE ALL USED TO STRUCTURES – INTERACTIVE QUIZ

 

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