In this English grammar lesson you will learn how we use the USED TO grammar structure in English when we talk about things we did in the past.
Finished past habits and states
We use ‘used to’ to refer to past habits and states.
Some examples of this are:
I used to play hockey.
I used to go to university.
Eddie used to be fat.
The people mentioned no longer do any of the above things. They did them in their past. I don’t play hockey anymore and I don’t go to university.
Questions and negatives
When we use this structure in questions and negatives we take away the ‘d’.
Did you use to deliver pizzas?
Didn’t Mary use to work in a bank?
I didn’t use to like Chinese food but I do now.
Used to or past simple?
When we talk about how how long something happened or when something happened we use the past simple.
I used to live in London. I lived there for 20years.
In the second sentence we can see how long I lived in London, so we use the past simple tense.
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