Would, used to, be used to Would, used to, be used to

Past Habits would used to

• When I was a child my grandma read to me every night. • When I was a child my grandma read to me every night.

would used to

Past states used to
• I used to like tomato soup, but now I hate it.() • I would like tomato soup, but now I hate it.()

Used to negative forms

• I never • •

used to be very good at languages. I didn’t use to be very good at languages. I used not to be very good at languages. (this is
quite formal.)

Used to question form

Did you use to live abroad?

Be used to + noun / -ing
(= be familiar with something)

I didn’t like it at first, but now I this town.

am used to

Be used to + noun / -ing
(= be familiar with something)

I’m used to studying every day, but I
found it hard at first.

• I found studying every day hard at first because I wasn’t used to it. • It’s hard at first, but you’ll soon it.

get used to

Pronunciation
• I used (/ju:zd/) an opener to open the bottle. • I used to (/ju:stə/) live around here. • I am used to (/ju:stə/) working hard.

Check your understanding! Question 1 Which of these is not used for past habits? • would • used to • be used to Answer: be used to

Check your understanding! Question 2 What is the most common negative form of used to? Answer: never used to

Check your understanding! Question 3 Which of these can be used to talk about past states? • would • used to Answer: used to

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