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USED TO

Used to + verb describes a past habit or state. We use 'used to' for something that happened regularly in the
past but no longer happens
In the past I smoked, but I don't now. I used to smoke.
I used to like it but now I dont./ I didnt used to like it but now I do.
+ I used to do. = I used to watch TV a lot. (=I watched TV regularly in the past, but I no longer do this)
-I did not use to do. = I didnt use to watch this much TV.
?Did you use to do? = Did you use to eat a lot of sweets when you were a child. -Yes I did / No I didn't.
What did you use to do at the weekend? - I used to go swimming.
Who used to be your best friend? John used to be my best friend.
Note: when there is did in the sentence, we say use to (without d)when there is no did in the sentence, we say used
to (with d)
We also use it for something that was true but no longer is.
There used to be a cinema in the town but now there isn't
She used to have really long hair but she's had it all cut off.
I didn't use to like him but now I do.

Before

Now

She used to
have curly
hair.

She has
straight hair
now.

When I was child

I used to play
baseball.

2002

I used to live in
a house.

Now

I play golf
recently.

When he was young

Now

He used to have
blond hair.

He has brown
hair now.

(When he was 25)

Now

He used to be
a waiter.

He is a cook
now.

Now

I live in a flat.

10 years ago

There used to be
a house here.

the past

the present

She used to work in a shop.

Now she works in a bank.

He used to watch a lot of TV.

Now he doesn't watch much TV.

They used to be married.

Now they are divorced.

There used to be a cinema here.

Now there is a supermarket here.

I didn't use to go swimming.

Now I go swimming.

Now

There are a lot of


buildings..

Dont confuse I used to do and Im used to doing. The structures and meanings are different.
I used to live alone (I lived alone in the past, but I no longer live alone)
Im used to living alone. (I live alone and I dont find it strange or difficult because I have been living alone for sometime
or for long time)

Vocabulary:
grow up:(v)To become an adult.You can ask to a child; What do you want to be when you grow up?
memory:(n)A particular recollection of an event, person, etc (e.g:
bubble:(n) A hollow globule of gas or air. (e.g: a soap bubble. If you breath in the water the bubbles come out)
float:(v)Moving smoothly and without vibration.e.g: (The sheep is floating on the surface of the water.)
turn on/of:(v)Cause to operate by flipping a switch; e.g: (turn on/of the TV)
device:(n) An instrumentality invented for a particular purposeor daily life. (Television, telephone, computer etc.)
branch:(n) A limb of a tree. e.g:( The wind shakes the branches.) bud:(n) An undeveloped leaf, or flower, a partially
opened flower. e.g: (The trees bud out in early spring.)
bug:(n) An insect or similar organism. e.g: (I got bitten by the bug)
thunder:(n) is the sound made by lightning. e.g: (Children are usualy frightened by the sound of thunder)
lightning:(n) The act of illumination or ignition. e.g: (There are thousands of lightning strikes every day)
invention:(n) The creation of something in the mind. e.g: (Thomas Edison's light bulb invention)
disappointed:(adj) Saddened by the failure of an expectation. e.g: (I used to believe Santa was real. I was heavily
disspointed when I found out he wasnt real))
I REMEMBER MY CHILDHOOD
Last night I watched a film called The world of children and dreamed of it before waking this morning.The film looked
like my childhood.I grew up in a very small town and I had my own world as a child, just like in the movie.
I remember when I was a child, I was very healty and I only went to hospital once. I had a great childhood with full of
beautiful memories.When I was a child I used to dream I was in a bubble and floating from one cloud to another and
sometimes coming down to look at the beautiful countryside.It was the most peaceful feeling. I no longer have them as
an adult. I used to believe, when I was maybe six or seven, that there were little people playing the music inside
stereos or radios living in them. They would start playing the music whenever somebody turned it on and just sit
around doing nothing until somebody turned on the device. I used to believe that, by moving their branches from one
side to another, trees made wind. I used to believe that only people who's first name was "doctor" could be a doctor. I
was heavily disappointed with my mother for not naming me doctor. I used to believe that everything in the world was
black and white before the invention of color television. I used to think insects would walk along tree branches and
*poof* become a leaf. I misunderstood buds for bugs. I used to believe that lighting and thunder in the sky meant God
was angry.I used to like to eat candy and sweets. I used to have a straight and very long hair with a small fringe. When
I was a child, I didn't use to study hard. I used to play many games outside.
The most beatiful period of my life was my childhood. What I really miss about my childhood is the fact that "magic"
was there everywhere I was.

Answer the questions.


1-Where did he grow up? He grew up in a very small town.
2-What did he use to believe when he was six or seven years old? He used to believe, that there were little people
playing the music inside stereos or radios living in them.
3-When he was a child what did he used to believe on how the wind was made? He used to believe that, by moving
their branches from one side to another, trees made wind.
4-What did he used to believe on whom could become a doctor? He used to believe that only people who's first
name was "doctor" could be a doctor.
5-What did he used to believe on how a leaf became on a tree? Why did he use to believe that? He used to think
insects would walk along tree branches and *poof* become a leaf. Because he misunderstood buds for bugs.
7-What did you used to believe on how thunder and lightning were created? He used to believe that lighting and
thunder in the sky meant God was angry.
8-Did he use to study hard when he was a child? No, he didnt use to.

-Write about your habits that you didnt use to do, but you do recently / you used to do but
you dont recently.
E.g:I started drinking tea recently, I never used to like it before.

(Now)

E.g: I used to spend a lot of money on clothes but I dont recently.

(When I was 20)

I dont travel much these days. I prefer to stay at home. But I used to travel a lot. I used to go away two or three times
a year.

(10 years ago)

-Why are people healthier now than before? Compare todays life to the past using used
to
e.g: People used to eat vegetables and fruit/healty foods. Now they eat fast food.
-Talk to your partner about your childhood using used to, was, were (I will give to the
sudents some pictures to remind their childhood- Activites file practice 3-Memories of childhood)

e.g: First picture from the page: I remember when I was a child, my favourite thing was my blanket.

e.g: Second Picture from the page: I remember when I was a child, I used to have a beatiful bicycle.

-Holiday memories (Talk to your partner about your holiday.)


Where did you go on holiday?
When was it?

How long did you stay there?


What places did you see? Etc.

-Talk about the happiest day of your life.


When was it?
What happened on this day?
Who was there with you? Why was it your happiest day? Etc.

3. Memories of childhood. (Talk to your partner about your childhood.)

favourite thing

like/hate chocolate

holiday/travel

favourite singer

a pet

bicycle

like/hate bathe

favourite toy (teddy bear, doll etc.)

piano

flying a kite

favourite place

fast food

like/hate ice-cream

favourite TV program

favourite food

fat/slim

favourite cartoon

fairy tales

like/hate vegetable

spending time outside till late

fairy

milk

a spoil/well-behaved child

best friend

games

Why are people unhealthier now than before? Compare todays life to the past using used to

People used to eat vegetables and fruit/healty foods.

People used to have healty breakfast.

They used to do some sports

Now they eat fast food.

Now they prefer having a quick breakfast.

Now they prefer sitting opposite the TV and eating junk food.

Foods used to be organic.

There used to be fresh air.

Now foods contain hormone.

There are a lot of factories which make air pollution. (now)

There used to be clean water.

People used to drink healty drinks like fruit juice and herbal tea.

People dump chemical and rubbish into the water.(now)

They drink too much alcohol. (now)

People used to go to bed on time.

They have night life. (now)

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