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USED TO Form: [used to + VERB]I used to go to the beach every dayIt is better not to use "used to" in questions ornegative forms; however, this is sometimesdone in informal spoken English. It is better toask questions and create negative sentencesusing Simple Past.
USE 1: Habit in the Past"Used to" expresses the idea that something was an oldhabit that stopped in the past. It indicates thatsomething was often repeated in the past, but it is notusually done now.Examples:Jerry used to study English.Sam and Mary used to go to Mexico in the summer.I used to start work at 9 oclock.Christine used to eat meat, but now she is avegetarian.
USE 2 Past Facts and Generalizations"Used to" can also be used to talk about past facts orgeneralizations which are no longer true.Examples:I used to live in Paris.Sarah used to be fat, but now she is thin.George used to be the best student in class, but nowLena is the best.Oranges used to cost very little in Florida, but now theyare quite expensive.
Do not confuse I am used to doing and I used to do: I am used to (doing) something = it isn’t strange or new for me: I am used to the weather in this country. I am used to driving on the left because I’ve lived in Japan.
I used to do something = I did something regularly in the past but no longer do it. You can use this structure only for the past, not for the present. The structure is I used to do (not I am used to do): I used to drive to work every day, but these days I usually ride my bike. We used to live in a small town, but now we live in Los Angeles.
NEGATIVE FORMSTRUCTURESubjet + Auxiliaria simple past + use to +verb+ComplementWhen I was a child, I didn’t use to play soccerWhen I was in the high school, I didn’t use towork
QUESTIONSDid + use to + verb ?What did you use to do?SHORT ANSWERDid you use to smoke a lot?Yes, I did.No, I didn’t.
Note• The questions from is not often used. We ask a question in the Past Simple, and reply using used to. Where did you go on holiday when you were young? We used to go camping in France.
EXERCISES 1.- Complete the sentences with used to… a)He _______ to ______ to the cinema. b)Silvana__________ to ________ pizza. c)They _________ to ________in Cuenca. d)You _________ to________ good at maths. e)I _________ to _______ long hair.
EXERCISES2.-Transforms the following sentences negativea)I used to be the best student in the class. _________________________b)We used to play basketball with our friends. _________________________c)She used to sing pop music. _________________________
EXERCISES3.-Answer the questionsa) What did you used to like when you were a child? __________________________b) Where did you used to go when you were in high school? __________________________
EXERCISESShe _______ to _______ for the school. Now she _______ on the phone. He ________ to ________ in a camp. Now he ________ in a office.
When she was younger, she ______ to ______ a blond hair. Now she ______ has a white hair. When Jose was child , he ________ to ________ football. Now Jose _______ every day