Today’s topic is one that I found curious, and think you might, too.
When do you use used to and when is it use to? Both statements are used when speaking about something done in the past and both are followed by an infinitive in a sentence.
It’s amazingly simple!
What do I mean by that?
Positive sentence examples:
- The dog used to bark at every person passing by.
- We used to go camping for two weeks every year.
- I used to candlepin bowl every weekend.
- He knows there used to be a convenient store on the corner.
- She used to love living in the city.
Negative and question-form sentence examples:
- The cat didn’t use to scratch the furniture.
- We didn’t use to walk on the beach.
- What beach did you use to go to?
- I didn’t use to grow my own vegetables.
- There didn’t use to be a donut shop on the corner.
- What color house use to be on the corner?
- He didn’t use to hate commuting to work.
- Where did you use to commute from?
With “didn’t” (a ‘d’ word) or as part of a question, it’s use to (without a ‘d’); otherwise, it’s use to.
What other grammar topics would you like to see covered?
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