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Used To

used to

Used to + infinitive
We use 'used to' to talk about past habits and states which are now finished
  • I used to go to English class every day but I've stopped
It is better not to use used to in questions or negative forms, however this is sometimes done in informal spoken English. 
  • Peter used to study English.
  • Jane and David used to go to Scotland in the summer.
  • I used to start work at 9am.
  • Sharon used to be a vegeterian, but now she eats meat.
"Used to" can also be used to talk about past facts or generalizations which are no longer true.
  • I used to live in London.
  • Wendy used to be fat, but now she is thin.
  • Fred used to be the best student in class, but now Harry is the best.
  • I used to like opera,but now I do not .

Used to vs. Simple Past

We do not use used to to say how long something took or how often it happened.

  • I lived in Nottingham for ten years. You can not say I used to live in Nottingham for ten years.
  • We went to America several times. You can not say we used to go to America several times.

On the other hand, when asking questions or making negative sentences, Simple Past is preferred.

  • Did you play the trumpet when you were young?
  • You did not play the trumpet when you were young.

We also use it for something that was true but  no longer is.

  • I used to smoke twenty cigarette's a day but I stopped a year ago.
  • Peter used to travel a lot in his job but now since his he got fired, he doesn't.
  • I used to take the bus to work but now I drive.
  • There used to be a hat shop in the town but now there isn't.
  • She used to have blonde hair but she's dyed it black.
  • I didn't use to like him but now I do.
Used to do is different from to be used to doing and to get used to doing.

To be used to doing

We use to be used to doing to say that something is normal, not unusual.

  • I'm used to working on my own, I've done it for a very long time.
  • Simon has lived in Nottingham for over a year so he is used to the exciting night life.
  • We've always lived in Iceland so we aren't used to the hot weather here in Spain.
Do not confuse I used to do and I am used to doing. The structures and meanings are different:
  • I used to live alone. (I lived alone in the past but I no longer live alone.)
  • I am used to living alone. (I live alone and I don't find it strange or new because I've been living alone.)

To get used to doing

We use to get used to doing to talk about the process of something becoming normal for us.
  • I didn't like curry when I first tried it but I quickly got used to it.
  • I was scared of flying but now I am getting used to traveling by air.
  • I have always walked to work but now I'm beginning to get used to driving instead.
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