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Are you using “used to” correctly?

Are you using “used to” correctly?

You may well be clear about the two distinct ways of using “used to” and the slightly different meanings, but is it certainly easy to make mistakes!  Here are some reminders:

1. Used to + Verb (something you did in the past but no longer do now)

E.g.: I used to play tennis, but my bad knee prevents me for playing now. 

  • Only for the past tense (equivalent of solía, solíamos in Spanish).
  • When you want to use another tense (suelo hacer algo for example), you need to find another way to express this:

          E.g.: I normally go to the supermarket on Saturdays.

  • For the negative, use: “did not (didn’t) use to”.

          E.g: She didn’t use to like driving, but she enjoys it now she has a new car.


2. To be used to VerbING (for something you are in the habit of doing)

E.g.:  They are British, so they are used to jogging in the rain! 

  • Can be used in ANY TENSE because the verb “to be” shows any tense required:

           E.g.: Before, he was used to studying very hard.  Now he is older, he is not used to studying at all. 

  • The main verb must end in “ING”.

          E.g.:She is used to cooking a lot because she has 3 teenage boys. 

  • You can also use “to get used to doing something”.

          E.g.: When I change jobs, I will get used to driving further to work.