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Used to

Used to

Date: Nov 14 2011

Topic: Grammar

Author: albasel1975


Used to

Used to do

We use 'used to' for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens.

  • I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago.
  • Ben used to travel a lot in his job but now, since his promotion, he doesn't.
  • I used to drive to work but now I take the bus.

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

  • There used to be a cinema in the town but now there isn't.
  • She used to have really long hair but she's had it all cut off.
  • 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 living on my own. I've done it for quite a long time.
  • Hans has lived in England for over a year so he is used to driving on the left now.
  • They've always lived in hot countries so they aren't used to the cold weather here.

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 understand the accent when I first moved here but I quickly got used to it.
  • She has started working nights and is still getting used to sleeping during the day.
  • I have always lived in the country but now I'm beginning to get used to living in the city.


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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Oh I knew  there are always exercises!!! :))))

I’m kidding!

It would be great!

Thank you Ahmad!

I still think you are a great teacher and I appreciate you for every new lessen or any new word you teach to us!

من علمنی حرفا قد صیرنی عبدا


12:58 PM Jan 08 2015 |



You are welcome my friend R_P

and thank you for your your comments on the lesson…

Thank you Mahtab 

But I am not such great teacher you think.

I am too happy to find you here…Thank you all for floowing my lessons.

That encourage me to post more and more.

Even I am thinking of giving you some exercises on each lesson and we can discuss and check the answers together..that if you don’t mind of course

12:21 PM Jan 08 2015 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’m not flattering R_P !

I relly mean it if I admire someone or something!

Please never forget this!

You are very young and you will achive all your goals in this way!

Good luck my dear! <3

03:06 PM Jan 07 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Dear Mahtab,

please dont mention it, i still have a long way to be called ’ a great teacher ’.

And we are all in here to learn from each other, and im also thankful from Ahmed for the lessons he posts in a simple language! :)

Thats a great pleasure of mine to have such a decent and educated friends like you guys!

02:55 PM Jan 07 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Lesson was great , examples were great too!

Both of you are my new great teachers here!

I didn’t use to read lessons on ebaby but now with great teachers like you ,I’m used to read new lessons everyday!

Thank you Ahmad & thank you  R_P!

02:19 PM Jan 07 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Thanks a lot albasel (Ahmed), that comment was kinda like a private lesson , hope it didnt take much of your time to explain those all :)

Though the expectations from teachers isnt less than that, they got used to being patient in front of all kinds of students ! ;) And it’s a thing which i admire that !

Hope you dont mind if i call your name from now on since i already know it , and though, i have no idea about the name ‘albasel’ that reminds me of an arabic word basal means onion ! :$

01:33 PM Jan 07 2015 |



Dear friend R_P,

Thank you very much for your interest

now Let me give you some examples for using ” Used to ” in negative and question forms:

Negative :

I used to go fishing when I was 20 years old. [ affirmative]

I didn’t use to go fishing when I was 20 years old. [ Negative ]

( In negative we use ” didn’t + use to ” that is followed by an infinitive )

Another Example: 

My friend R_P didn’t use to post comments on English-Baby.

( That means , she does now, she posts comments, but in the past she didn’t do that )


when we use “used to” in question form we should follow this structure:

Question word + did + Subject ( noun or pronoun) + use to + do?


What    did    you    use to    do   when you were in Paris?

What    did    she    use to    do    at school ?

What    did     R_P   use to    do    when she was young?

when we answer we use ” used to ” :

She used to visit the library three times a week.

In Yes/No Question:

we use this structure

Did + Subject ( noun or pronoun) + use to + verb ( infinitive ) ?


Did    you     use to     play basketball    when you were young?

Did     R_P    use to     get up early       when she was a student?


Yes, she did.        or       No, she didn’t.

I hope I could make it simple for you 

best wishes


09:52 PM Jan 06 2015 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I get used to following the lessons which post on Ebaby daily!

wish you could give some examples for nagative and question forms and that way i could be able to complete my knowledge about ” used to ” grammar ! :)

04:21 PM Jan 06 2015 |

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