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Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
Present and past habits
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Present and past habits

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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Talking about past habits Past simple I did it every day for 10 years but then I gave up.
  • 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. 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. Btw, what’s a blue moon? What’s the meaning of once in a blue moon?
  • 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. 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. 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. 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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