Today we’re going to look at the words “used to” and the different ways in which we use it.
There are three completely different ways to use this term and it can be the source of a lot of confusion.
1. Talking about repeated actions in the past
We can use “used to” commonly to talk about things we did in the past.
We create the sentence like this: Subject + used to + verb
It can be used to talk about actions, opinions, likes and states.
2. Talking about something that has become normal
The second use is for things that we have grown accustomed to. In other words, things that are normal for us now, that perhaps were not normal before.
To make these sentences we need: Subject + to be + used to + noun/ing verb
To make it even more confusing, we can use both ways in one sentence! Can you see which is which?
3. Talking about the use of a particular item
The final way of using “used to” is to talk about the use of an item.
But we can also use different prepositions for different situations.
This way is the simplest, as it simply used the verb “use”, so it can be used in a variety of ways, such as the example in this sentence!
And of course, we can use all three types in one sentence!
Very confusing, right!?
Try making some practice sentences of your own!