In this lesson, we will be learning about the use of “used to”.
The structure used to + infinitive is used to talk about past habits, jobs, or hobbies we no longer practice or which we replaced with the new ones.
- I used to play a lot of football when I was younger; now I go to the gym.
- They used to be good friends, but now they hardly ever meet.
- My grandpa used to be a mayor before he retired.
The negative form of used to is: didn’t use to.
- I didn’t use to drink coffee, but now I do.
- My hometown didn’t use to be so polluted, but it is now.
The interrogative form is: Did you use to…?
- Did you use to collect stamps when you were younger?
- Did they use to walk every evening while on holiday?
- Did you use to get up early when you were younger?
The structure used to + infinitive cannot be used to say frequency or duration.
I used to visit Rome many times. I used to live in this neighbourhood for 10 years.
Remember that you can use “would” to talk about past habits too, but only with action verbs, not state ones.
- Our grandma would read us stories when we were little.
We can also say it with “used to”
- Our grandma used to read us stories when we were little.
Read more about how to use “would” for past habits.
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