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How to Use 'Used to'

Date: Jul 12 2021

Themes: Hobbies, Holidays, Travel

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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When the weather starts to warm up, you might begin to hear the sound of waves and feel warm sand between your toes. The beach is calling. You should grab your swimsuit, your sunscreen, a beach towel and head out!

Not everyone is lucky enough to live near a beach. That’s why islands and other spots near the ocean are such popular places to vacation. The idea of lying in the sun and splashing in the sea is pretty attractive to most people. Find out if Ella and Jason like going to the beach.



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Jason:  I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to go to the beach.

Ella:  I went to the beach yesterday.

Jason:  Oh my gosh, where?

Ella:  In Tahoe. It’s pretty warm there now, so I just lay out on the sand. It’s not warm enough to go swimming.

Jason:  Oh, that’s all that counts for me.

Ella:  Really?

Jason:  Yeah. I’m not really looking to build a sandcastle or play volleyball. You know, getting tan is kind of cool, but for me, it’s all about just jumping in the waves and getting that salt water all over your body. It’s awesome.

Ella:  Yeah, I don’t like to get wet. I’m more of a have a nice alcoholic beverage and lay out and relax, possibly read a book or paint my nails.

Jason:  The one thing that bugs me about the beach is that it’s often windy.

Ella:  Sometimes. And then the sand gets in your eyes, and you’re kind of uncomfortable, or you’re just constantly shaking your towel off to get the sand away. I hate that.

Jason:  Ooh, that too. I used to live near the beach, and my house was full of sand at all times. It was…I have no idea where it kept coming from, like, I wouldn’t have even gone to the beach that day, and there would just be more sand.

Ella:  Yeah. Sand just manages to get in the most incredible places you can imagine.


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Jason is excited for the weather to get warmer so he can go to the beach. Ella says she just went to the beach. She was in California, where the weather is warmer. But it wasn’t warm enough to go swimming. She just worked on her tan and relaxed.

For Jason, the beach is all about swimming in the waves. He doesn’t like going to the beach if he can’t go swimming. But Ella doesn’t like to get wet. For her, the best part about going to the beach is relaxing in the sun.

The worst part about going to the beach may be the wind. It’s often windy near the ocean, and that can make sand go everywhere. Jason says he used to live near the beach, and there was always sand in his house, even when he hadn’t been to the beach for a long time.

Do you like going to the beach? Do you live near the beach? What do you like to do at the beach?



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Viet Nam

It would be nice if I could live near the beach. I love to walk along  the sea at sunrise with my friends, and watching the sunset is so cool.

07:46 AM Oct 25 2017 |




there al lot beutifu  lbeach in turkey . Especially cove of Aegean Sea. i went to a lot cove of Aegean . palamutbuku, Inbuku Cove , Ovabuku Cove really glamarous…  i thinks , cove of aegean Sea like maldive island . if you don’t belive me you look into the internet. you can search ….

11:55 AM Sep 12 2014 |



I like beach very much but where I live is very far from beach, If I want to the beach I must drive car about three hours, I like to bulid sandcastle, lay on the sand and go swimming, it is very funny.

08:37 AM Sep 11 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

beach and swimming in the beach can spirit you up. although swimming in pool have its joy but in joyness nothing can compete with swimming in the beach.

12:28 PM Dec 29 2013 |


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

I love the beach very much , but I dont like swimming what I REALLY intersest in when I GO THERE is walking on the sand feel the breeze of air what I MEAN  ” I LOVE NATURE

05:16 PM Sep 09 2013 |


Hong Kong

’’Beach’‘I love it, which is a perfect place to relax. oh my…I wanna go there right away!!!Cool

07:34 PM Aug 27 2012 |

no volvere

United Arab Emirates

i really love beaches ,  1st thing i do once am there is letting go all burdens and feel so light and alive .. then start my walk of peace and clam where i feel like walking on the real boarders of my own country .. if you wanna run away .. just run .. and waves will erase ur trace .. if wanna cry .. cry it all .. waves will wash it away .. such a perfect placeTongue out

Me and Beaches ..  endless love storyInnocent

01:08 AM Aug 04 2012 |



swimming is my life. sea sun and sand who doesnt like them :) when ı was in universty my house was near the sea. ı could go to sea in 5 minutes by walk.

02:24 PM Jul 22 2012 |




I love going to the beach but I live so far away and is no possible go very often. I like to swimming and also relaxing in the sun.

09:27 PM Jul 16 2012 |

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Viet Nam

me too…ella..i dont like to get wet…I like going to the beach to relax..and jogging.I enjoy it..really 

08:07 AM Jul 11 2012 |




Always on my vacations i used to go to the beach to relax, to watch the waves and to think about life.

07:09 PM Jul 04 2012 |




Oh, I love beach! Swimming, getting tan etc. That’s all awesome! In my country, in summer beaches are full. It’s awful, because i live in city by the sea and tourists are EVERYWHERE! After Euro 2012, my windows are going to be broken. 

07:03 PM Jul 03 2012 |

Quynh Mai

Quynh Mai

Viet Nam

I love going to the beach!!! I mean, who doesn’t? Especially for a city girl like myself.

I just got back from my four-day vacation near the beach! It was awesome! Despite the heat, we had tons of fun swimming in the ocean! And I love windy weather too, so being at the beach is like heaven to me! The only bad thing about going to the beach is that my skin always turns chocolate brown after the vacations! I don’t really like that. 

I still can’t swim yet, though. How embarrassing.

05:28 AM Jul 03 2012 |

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I like to go Changthar beach in Myanmar.

03:52 AM Jul 03 2012 |



Russian Federation

Yeah!! first of all, wanna say I’m hugely glad to get back to English baby. Geez, seems like I haven’t seen you guys for ages!))

As for beaches, it’s kind of realy weird to doubt on if it’s cool or not! Surely, it is!!! Whatever it would be either lying on a beach or swimming in the sea, it’s great! However, one my aquanitance’s not fond of the sea at all! She prefers going to freezingly cold north to visit her relatives annually

11:17 PM Jul 01 2012 |




agadir’s beach is wounderfull

10:27 PM Jul 01 2012 |



I like beach. But do not appreciate that agglomeration tends to happen. I prefer quiet places, walk in peace, enjoying the breeze, the sun and the fresh water of the sea.

08:40 PM Jul 01 2012 |




I Love beach ;p

also the fun starts when we start playing with the water with my friends it so0 cool;P

07:45 PM Jul 01 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’m far away from the beach,but I went 3 times before.My first time was excithing! nd after that too. I was naer the see nd saw the waves…the blue colour which was mixed with light green…was perfect.

My first swimming at the see… ;in the sunset till night, the whether was cool, there had so big waves which when comming to me can bring me up. I was with my family nd my uncle family nd so many people comming to that public beach.hope for all of you.

02:49 PM Jul 01 2012 |

Meggie Liu


i love beach. But i have to say. i really hate sunbath. even with the sunscreen, i’m easy to get tan. and it’s never gonna been recovered. so every time, i struggle to accept the idea of going to the beach.

01:56 PM Jul 01 2012 |

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