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    Hello,

    Well, I am wondering about the usage of the past verb.

    As you can see when we talk about action that took place in the past we use the past, okay, but If I want to speak about something in the past used to happen to my grandfather before he dies, his life...

    You know to describe what he used to do like he used to drink a cup of tea everyday, then he goes out side to do some excersies and then he goes to take a shower and get dressed...


    Well is it correct to say things like that :

    used to do like he used to drink a cup of tea everyday, then he goes out side to do some excersies and then he goes to take a shower and get dressed...



    Or shall I say: used to drink a cup of tea everyday, then went outside to do some excersies and then he went to took a shower and got dressed ?


    If it happens in the past.. should I use all the verb in the past or is it fine to use it in the present like the first example I wrote ?

    Please, tell me...

    I could not find an answer in any grammatical book. There is only usage of simple past and past continous...

    So, do u think I should use the past or the present???

    Thanks for advance!!

    Best wishes

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    Default Re: Help me in using the past verb in this text

    He used to drink his tea.
    He used to go exercise.
    He used to shower and get dressed.

    He used to drink his tea, then go exercise, then shower and get dressed.

    The "used to" carries over to the other verbs. You don't use the present or the past, but the bare infinitive (the "to X" without the "to").
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    Thanks bro ^^

    What about If I used the term " he used to" in the beginnig of the paragraph and ended the first sentence with a full stop. After this fall stop the following sentences in the same paragraph will be simple present just like " take" and " get" or not?

    shall I use another "used to" and write or is it enough?

    And thanks again, and sorry for bothering

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    Default Re: Help me in using the past verb in this text

    Hi Michelle,

    Did you mean this?
    He used to drink a cup of tea everyday. Then he goes outside to do some exercises and then he goes to take a shower and get dressed.

    If so, then no.
    He used to drink a cup of tea everyday. Then he would go outside to do some exercises, then take a shower and get dressed.

    You can use "He would" instead of "He used to" to show a repeated pattern/a habit.

    (I would also say "exercise" instead of "to do some exercises.")
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    Default Re: Help me in using the past verb in this text

    Hi,

    You can use:

    "Used to" followed by the bare infinitive only in the rest of the sentences,

    the past simple tense.

    or

    would + infinitve

    Thanks

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    good to know, and think

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