Used To Do / Would Do / Be Used To Doing ('Used to + infinitive'…
Used To Do / Would Do / Be Used To Doing
'Used to + infinitive'
to talk about habits / repeated actions / states in the past which
we don't do in the present.
I used to have long hair (but now I have short hair).
He used to smoke (but now he doesn't smoke).
They used to live in India (but now they live in Germany).
With the negative and the question it's 'use' and not 'used'
Did you use to be a teacher?
Did he use to study French?
She didn't use to like chocolate, but she does now.
'Would + infinitive'
We can also use 'would + infinitive' >> to talk about a habit or repeated action in the past. We usually use 'would + infinitive' in this way when we're telling a story about the past.
When I was a student, we would often have a drink after class on a Friday.
When I lived in Italy, we would go to a little restaurant near our house.
we don't use 'would + infinitive' :no_entry: to talk about
in the past. So, if we're talking about the past,
we CAN'T say:
:red_cross: I would have long hair.
:red_cross: I would live in Scotland.
Be / Get Used To Doing
We use 'be used to + verb-ing' to talk about
things which feel normal for us or things that we are accustomed to
I'm used to getting up early, so I don't mind doing it (= getting up early is normal for me, it's what I usually do).
My little daughter is used to eating lunch at noon. So she was grumpy yesterday when we didn't eat until one.
1) we make the negative or the question with the verb 'be' in the normal way. The 'used to' doesn't change:
Lucy isn't used to staying up late, so she's very tired today.
2) We can also use 'be used to + noun', which has the same meaning:
I've lived in the UK almost all my life, so I'm used to rain (= rain is normal for me).
That football team always lose, so they're used to disappointment!
3) We can put the verb 'be' into any tense. So we can talk about things in the past or the future as well as the present using this expression:
It was difficult when I first started university, because I wasn't used to the amount of work we had to do.
4) We can use 'get used to + verb-ing' to talk about the change of not normal to normal. We can also use this in any tense:
Don't worry if your new job is hard at first. You'll get used to it.
It took me a while, but I got used to speaking another language every day.
TASKS for practicing accuracy:
Would vs Used to
* be used to + verb-ing' VS 'be used to + noun
‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
used to, be used to, get used to
6) Other exersises