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How to Use the “Used To” Form
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We use “used to do” form when we are talking about something that happened regularly in the past but doesn’t happen any more.
|I used to drink five cups of coffee every day but I stopped a year ago.
|When I was a teenager I used to love Lily.
|There used to be a supermarket but now it’s a restaurant.
|He didn’t (did not) use to workout regularly.
|We didn’t use to go out together.
|Did you use to watch a lot of TV?
|Did she use to exercise every day?
The expression “I am used to doing” looks quite similar but has a different meaning. We use it when we talk about something we are accustomed to doing, when it has become a habit or something typical for us.
|My mother is used to the rainy weather in Vancouver because she has always lived there.
|I’m used to playing hockey because I grew up in Canada!
We use the form “get used to doing” when we are becoming accustomed to doing something.
|Tony is getting used to speaking Portuguese because he is practicing every day.
|I am getting used to listening to the Grammar Kitchen radio program because I love it!
Bonus English Tip
We also use “would” to express something habitual for us in the past but not to talk about past states.
|When she was a teenager she used to help her mom with cooking – Correct
|When she was a teenager she would help her mom with cooking – Correct
|We used to have a cottage in the country – Correct
|We would have a cottage in the country – Incorrect
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