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Exercise 1

1. The modal verb: used to

Used to is a modal verb that refers to past actions which no longer occur in the present. 
I used to sing in a choir when I was young.
I didn't use to like gardening.

2. Structure of used to 

  Structure Examples
AFFIRMATIVE Subject + USED TO + infinitive Samuel used to play basketball when he was at school
NEGATIVE Subject + DIDN'T + USE TO + infinitive He didn't use to study before an exam but now he does
INTERROGATIVE DID + subject + USE TO + infinitive...? Did you use to go to pubs when you were in London?
Remember that used to is a modal verb that is always in simple past.

3. How do we use the modal verb used to?

  • Used to usually refers to those actions that took place in the past and no longer occur in the present.
    I used to go swimming but now I don't.
    Did you use to read a lot at my age?

Remember!

Used to is a modal verb that refers to past actions which no longer occur in the present. 
  Structure Examples
AFFIRMATIVE Subject + USED TO + infinitive She used to live in Boston but now she has moved to New York
NEGATIVE Subject + DIDN'T + USE TO + infinitive We didn't use to travel in summer but now we do
INTERROGATIVE DID + subject + USE TO + infinitive...? Did you use to go to bed late?

 

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