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“Used to” grammar and its types + examples

The grammar “used to” is used to express a practice that has been done regularly and habitually in the past, but we do not do it now. In the following, we will define this phrase in more detail.

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Grammar application used to

I used to have long hair (but now I have short hair).

He used to smoke (but now he doesn’t smoke).

They used to live in India (but now they live in Germany).

tip:

Note that in negative and question mode, you should use use instead of used. Consider the following examples:

Did you use to study here?

(Have you ever studied here?)

Did you use to be a teacher?

Have you been a teacher in the past?

I didn’t use to see him very often.

(I did not see him much in the past)

She didn’t use to like chocolate, but she does now.

He did not love chocolate before, but now he does.

I didn’t use to want to have a nice house.

I did not want to have a good house before.

Application be used to

This verb means “to get used to” and is used at all times. This verb indicates the habit of being in a state or action that is not foreign to us. This phrase is used when we want to say that we are familiar with something or doing something in the past tense. Consider the following examples:

Verb ing / pronoun / noun + be used to

He is used to cats.

He is used to her mother.

I am used to living alone.

Are you used to life in a big city?

I am used to heavy traffic.

I’m used to heavy traffic.

Application get used to

This verb means “get used to” and is used when we say that someone is getting used to something, but has not yet fully got used to it. After get used to a noun, pronoun or ing verb is used. Consider the following examples:

Verb ing / pronoun / noun + get used to

I got used to the hot and humid weather in Mazandaran.

I will get used to the hot and humid weather in Mazandaran.

I will get used to living in hot and humid weather.

tip:

By changing the time of the verb get in the get used to structure, you can express the habit at different times.

Do not forget that one of the best ways to learn a language, especially grammatical structures, is to look at and repeat the phrases used in movies.

We hope you find this article useful and that we have been able to introduce you to this educational topic.

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