- Used to + verb
see Teachers section
on the right
- Vocabulary: phrasal verb eat out, motherly duties, talkative, anymore, tomboy
- As (adverb) as to say that
two things are the same in
some way (used in the
negative in our case)
Always watch the video without subtitles first in order to train your ears! It's a good idea to watch several times until you feel the "music", before watching the version with subtitles. Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this rule.
I have provided this general explanation for students:
Used to + verb is a
special form of the
past tense. As you
will see in the video,
it indicates something
that you did in the past,
but you do not do it now. You stopped
doing it: you don't
do it anymore.
Note that infinitives come after "used to".
Example: We used to drink a lot.
Questions and negatives are made with "did" + use to (with no "d"): Did you use to work here?
Example: We didn’t use to work here.
Don't confuse this verb structure with "used to" for habitual actions.
For example: "I am used to sitting in the back of the car."
Both the video and the exercises for this lesson worked out very well. In the beginning, we did not intend on making a "used to (verb)" lesson. However, we discovered that quite a few people were using this special form of the past while answering other questions, so we then included a question for our interviews which was designed to elicit this verb form in order to have enough material to make a complete video.
Seven of the people who speak in this video are from the south of England and London. Seven are Americans from several different cities.