Past habits

To talk about habits we had in the past, we use: used to and would.

Used to talks about past habits and states.

The form of Used to changes from positive to negative and in the question form.

 

Positive: Sb + Used to + bare infinitive.

a) I used to read 5 books a week when I was at school.

 

Negative: (Sb) + (didn’t use to) + (bare infinitive)

BUT: (Sb) + (never used to) + (bare infinitive)

b) We didn’t use to go to school when it snowed.

c) I never used to like cabbage

 

Question: Did + sb + use to + bare infinitive.

d) Did you use to ride horses when you were a child?

 

Would is for past habits, especially in the distant past.

Sb + would + bare infinitive.

 e) My mother would take us for a walk on the beach every Sunday in the

summer.

 

Exercise 1

 

Fill in the gaps with a suitable past habit word.

a) When I was little, we ……………. sit by the fire reading books at night.

b) We …………….ride our horses on the beach, but now people aren’t allowed

to.

c) Did you …………….study hard when you were at school?

d) What …………….to do like doing when you were younger?

e) How often ……………. you and your family go away on holiday?

f) I never ……………. do my homework, so my teachers ……………. get very

angry with me.

g) We …………….go ice-skating on frozen lakes in the middle of winter.

h) My mother ……………. let us eat ice cream when we were ill.

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