‘used to’ – construction and use

‘Used to’ – construction and use. Learn how to from and when to use the expression ‘used to’. You will find all the necessary theory and online exercises.

‘Used to’ – construction and use

Affirmative:

Subject Used to Verb Object
He used to ride a horse

Negative:

Subject didn’t use to Verb Object
He didn’t use to ride a horse.

Questions:

Did Subject use to Verb Object
Did he use to ride a horse.

When do we use it?

Use 1
to talk about past habits
Examples
He used to smoke. (He doesn’t smoke anymore.)
We used to live in the city. (We don’t live in the city anymore.)
Use 2
to talk about past states
Examples
She used to have a house.
I used to be more patient.

Exercise 1. Some famous people used to have different jobs. Try to guess who did what. Match the names of the stars with the professions.

Exercise 2. How did the things below look like 10-15 years ago? MAke sentences using USED TO and DIDN’T USE TO.

  1. cars – Cars used to be slower. They didn’t use to be so safe.
  2. computers – ……………………….
  3. mobile phones – ………………….
  4. my work – ………………………….
  5. the place where I live – ………………………..
  6. my habits – ………………………..
  7. environment – …………………….
  8. pace of life – ……………………….

Practise online:

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/used_to_exercise_1.pdf

http://www.macmillaninspiration.com/original/files/2010/07/INSP3_ws11.pdf

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/used-to-exercise-1.html

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/used-to-exercise-2.html

Answers – exercise 1

  1. Harrison Ford – carpenter
  2. Jay Z – drug dealer
  3. Patrick Dempsey – juggler
  4. Johnny Depp – selling pens
  5. George Clooney – insurance salesman
  6. Jenifer Aniston – telemarketing
  7. Demi Moore – debt collector
  8. Jim Carrey – cleaner

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