used to

used to
used to
W2S1 [ˈju:st tu:] modal v
1.) if something used to happen, it happened regularly or all the time in the past, but does not happen now
He used to go to our school.
We're eating out more often than we used to.
did not use to do sth
You didn't use to eat chips when you were younger.
used not to do sth BrE
You used not to fuss like this.
did sb use to do sth?
Did you use to go to church regularly?
2.) if a particular situation used to exist, it existed for a period of time in the past, but does not exist now
Jimmy used to be a friend of mine.
There used to be a large car park on this site.
did not use to be/do sth
Why are you so bad-tempered? You didn't use to be like this.
did sb/sth use to be/do sth?
Did this building use to be a hotel?
Where did you use to live before you came to Manchester?
If you used to do something, you did it regularly or for a period of time in the past : She used to come here (NOT was used to come here) every week. | I used to go to that school.
!! Do not say 'be used to'. This has a different meaning - see entry used1 .
!! Use the infinitive after used to , not the past tense : My dad used to grow vegetables (NOT used to grew vegetables).
!! For talking about a present habit, use usually : We usually eat (NOT use to eat) around six.
In questions, say did someone use to ...? : Did he use to fight with his brother?
In negatives, say didn't/did not use to ... : He didn't use to smoke. You can also say never used to : They never used to ask where I'd been. In formal British English you can also say used not to : Buses used not to stop here.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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