Present and past habits

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Present and past habits

  1. 1. Present simple I hardly ever go out these days. As a rule, I don’t watch mucht TV. - You can use tend to to talk about present habits. I tend to stay in during the week. I don’t tend to read much (or I tend not to read much)
  2. 2. Will/won’t It’s more emphatic than present simple. I’ll usually listen to some music before I go to bed. I won’t normally get up before 11 at the weekend.
  3. 3. Present continuous Often used to talk about annoying habits. He’s always watching TV! He’ s always losing his keys! Remember there are some verbs, called state verbs, which are not usually used in the continuous form.
  4. 4. Some state verbs. THOUGHTS: believe, know, mean, realise, recognise, remember, suppose, understand, feel, think. FEELINGS: adore, dislike, despise, hate, love, want, wish, prefer,… BELONGING: belong, have/have got (=posses), own, posses,… SENSES: smell, taste, hear, see. OTHER STATE VERBS: seem, look, look like, matter,…
  5. 5. Talking about past habits Past simple I did it every day for 10 years but then I gave up.
  6. 6. Used to & would Used to I never used to read much when I was a kid. I used to eat a lot but I can’t afford to these days. Don’t say *use to* in the present, say usually. You can usewould for repeated actions in the past When I was in France I would always eat croissants fro breakfast. You can’t use would with state verbs: I didn’t recognize him. He *wouldn’t* have a beard.
  7. 7. How often do you…? More than before/I used to/should Not as much as I’d like to/I used to/should Whenever I can/I get the chance All the time (not) as a rule, (not) usually On the whole, generally By and large, generally Now and again, once in a while, from time to time Once in a blue moon
  8. 8. Btw, what’s a blue moon? What’s the meaning of once in a blue moon?
  9. 9. Be used to/get used to + ing Don’t confuse used to with be used to/get used to + ing. I am not used to getting up early in the morning because I work in the evening. I’m getting used to my new students this year.
  10. 10. Choose the correct word in italics. I didn’t use to/wasn’t used to like cooking very much. I’m getting used to work/working from home. I’m used to/I used to living on my own. My family would/were used to always stay in a caravan for their summer holidays. It’s difficult to get/getting used to a different way of life.
  11. 11. Choose the correct word in italics. I didn’t use/wasn’t used to like cooking very much. didn’t use I’m getting used to work/working from home. working I’m used to/I used to living on my own. I’m used to My family would/were used to always stay in a caravan for their summer holidays. would It’s difficult to get/getting used to a different way of life. get
  12. 12. Tell your partner about… a singer/band you used to like when you were younger (and now you are embarrased about). what you would do after school when you were a child. a machine you would use a lot but now you don’t. a change at work/school/family that was a problem at first but now you are used to . a piece of technology you found difficult to use at first but now you are used to using.

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