Sophie is working closer to home this week. She’s in London and she has a surprise for Oliver and Daisy.

We use used to + verb for talking about states or actions that were true or happened in the past, but are not true or do not happen now.

Can you give me some examples?

Yes, of course. 

London’s nothing like it used to be!
She used to go away on really long trips.

OK. So now she doesn’t go away on really long trips?

Exactly. Used to is always for talking about actions or states in the past that are not true now.

The record shop I always used to visit is now a really cool café. (I don’t visit the place now.)

Why can’t you use the past simple?

Well, you can, of course. But we use used to to emphasise that the state or action is not true now or does not happen now.

What about the negative?

We use do in the past + not + the infinitive, use to + verb. The question is formed in a similar way.

He didn’t use to wear nice clothes and recently he’s been looking quite cool.
So what else did you use to go to London for?

That’s quite a long construction – three verbs!

Yes, but used to doesn’t change – it’s always in the past simple.

Always in the past simple? So you can’t use it in the present?

No, it’s a strange verb. We only use it in the past.

I think I used to use it in the present too.

Oh dear. You won’t any more, will you?

No, I didn’t use to know the rules, but now I do.

 

Discussion

How have you changed, compared to when you were little? What activities did you use to do that you’ve stopped doing now?

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TheLoudeOne 9 June, 2020 - 14:39

I used to play a lot of soccer all the time. Now that I've grown up, I don't play it anymore.

Adam

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Morgane_T 9 June, 2020 - 13:47

When I was a kid, I used to figure skate every week on Sundays. Now I go to the skating rink once in a while.
- Morgane

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jeananna 8 June, 2020 - 14:28

As a child I used to draw and paint a lot, but now I don't anymore. I also used to go to an academy on wednesdays.
- Jeanne

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Cookie7 5 June, 2020 - 15:02

When I was in primary school, my grandmother used to visit often and we used to go to the toy store where I could choose a toy. Nowadays she no longer visits, because my grandfather has grown old so my grandmother has to stay home to take care of him.
Missei

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RVJ 5 June, 2020 - 14:13

When I was little, I used to play football as my hobby. Now I only do is sometimes for fun. Michiel

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maya_1234 5 June, 2020 - 09:05

When I was little, I used to play hide and seek. Now I don't play it anymore.

- Maya

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federer 4 June, 2020 - 17:21

When I was young, I used to play a lot of video games, but now I do it less. I also used to eat a lot of candy, but now i don't do it anymore.

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Drake 4 June, 2020 - 16:48

When I was younger, I used to hate eating cheese, but now I like it. I also used to play a lot of tennis, but now I play football.

Pauline

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Aljo1003 29 April, 2020 - 08:20

When I was a Child, I used to play catch an awful lot. Now, however, I don´t play catch anymore, since I´ve grown tired of the game. Also, I used to eat immense loads of candy when I was young, something that I refrain from doing now.

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scarlett2all 21 April, 2020 - 15:31

When I was a child , I used to play with dolls and eat a lot of candies. Now I don't play with dolls anymore, and I hate candies !!

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vittoriadigianno 26 March, 2020 - 12:56

when i was child i used to go out with my mum once a week but now i prefer stay at home with my cat

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caromoreira04 24 March, 2020 - 14:17

when I was a child I used to go to the park with my mum for play with my friend but now I prefer stay at home.

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gio_cra2004 24 March, 2020 - 14:00

When I was a child I used to swim and every night before sleeping I listened to my mother reading fairy tales, but now I don't like that sport anymore and I can read alone. It's much more fun!

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chiarusso 24 March, 2020 - 13:42

when i was younger i used to play with my family board games . now we don't play with them anymore due to homework and work.

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alaricofranca02 24 March, 2020 - 13:34

When I was a child I used to go to a lake with my father while now we no longer love each other

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anna_v3r 24 March, 2020 - 12:36

When I was little I was really active and I used to do a lot of things. For example I used to play basketball and I did swimming lessons. Now I haven't changed because I really like sports, but now I play volleyball.

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mmatildepontoni04 24 March, 2020 - 11:55

When i was a child i used to make wonderful homemade orange juice in the summer with my grandmother and i used to play basketball.

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MeLikeBob 17 March, 2020 - 10:34

When I was little, i used to enjoy goin out with my friends, fooling around in the village. Now i like staying inside and gaming for an unholy amount of hours.

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empty 12 July, 2019 - 08:18

How have you changed, compared to when you were little? What activities did you use to do that you’ve stopped doing now? Yes , of course . I used to be playful and I never studied seriously . But now my main focus is on studying .

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Rohan26 8 July, 2019 - 02:52

when i was little i used play video games,go to swimming,see cartoons on TV all the time,ride my bicycle with my friend,go to summer camp with my neighbor friends,eat a lot and so much more but i don't do this anymore,except cartoon sometimes ,being shy in front of teachers but not now

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Youjiro 2 February, 2019 - 13:41

When I was little I used to play video game especially play station.It was attractive game for every children.But now I don't play any more.I also used to shy whenever my mum next to me.Mum leave next to me.I talk a lot with friend.Nowadays I talk a lot .It doesn't matter who is surrounded me.

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cutekibry 14 April, 2017 - 14:24

I used to be shy, but after becoming a middle school student, I become very active...Maybe my classmates affect me.

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Tylin 20 March, 2017 - 00:35

I used to go to school on foot when I was nine years old but now I have my own bicycle which I have saved my money from work for 2 years.

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Ken 10 March, 2017 - 01:34

I used to be shy whenever I spoke with teachers at school and my parents' visitors to my house. I used to play outside, which got me out of it. I'm still shy actually. I've changed a bit, I learned how to hide my shyness. People never seem to be aware of my effort...
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