We use “used to” to talk about past habits or “long” actions (actions that are repeated for a long time, such as living, or working). 👌
Subject + used to + infinitive.
E.g. I used to go to the cinema every day (now I don’t go every day)
I used to have a beard (now I don’t have a beard)
We used to like pizza (now we don’t like pizza)
The translation in Spanish helps, I prefer:
Antes hacía algo – I used to do something
Antes comía más en este restaurante
I used to eat more in that restaurante.
Forget the before! In Spanish the “imperfect tense” (those verbs that end in -ía for -er verbs and -aba for -ar verbs) is doing the work of “used to”.
Some people like to use solía: solía comer aquí – I used to eat here
But, using solía can sometimes have problems… Like when we want to translate “I used to live in London”.
I don’t really like it.
To form negatives and questions, the form changes to ‘use to’.
E.g. Did you use to drink milk?
I didn’t use to drink milk.
Right, this is all the information you need to know. Now we will test your knowledge with a test! I really recommend taking some notes first and making sure you understand the construction. 🚴