Used to

This usage is highly useful to express actions that happened in the past, but no longer happen.

  • He used to play cricket a lot but he doesn’t play very often now.
  • A: Do you go to the cinema very often?
  • B: Not now, but I used to.
  • I used to travel a lot.  But now-a-days I have no time to do so.

Used to…..( for something that was true but is not true any more) .

  • They used to be very rich, but after they failed in their business they are quite badly off.
  • This building is now a cinema.  It used to be an auditorium.
  • She used to have very long hair when she was in standard VII.
  • They used to live in a small village but now they are in a big town.
  • There used to be many mango trees.  Now there is only one.

Note :-  Used to do something’ is past, and it is not used in the present form.  The normal question form is  ‘Did (you) use to……………..?

  • A:  Did you use to eat a lot of sweets when you were a child?
  • B: I didn’t use to.

The negative form is ‘ Didn’t use to   (used not to … also possible)

  • I didn’t use to like him.

OR . I used not to like him.

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