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    Is there anyone who can help clarify my doubt? Do we use 'usen't' as a question tag in english?

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    Default Re: Used to- auxiliary verbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by kimmy3169 View Post
    Is there anyone who can help clarify my doubt? Do we use 'usen't' as a question tag in english?

    ====Not a teacher====

    NO, I have never heard about that before!

    Suggestion: Not to use it.

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    Default Re: Used to- auxiliary verbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by kimmy3169 View Post
    Is there anyone who can help clarify my doubt? Do we use 'usen't' as a question tag in english?
    I believe that in very old English, you would have been able to say:

    You used to eat a lot of fish, usedn't you?

    "Usedn't" would be a contraction of "used not you?" but we don't say it like that any more. We now say "You used to eat a lot of fish, didn't you?"

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    Default Re: Used to- auxiliary verbs.

    Thank you for clarifying my doubt. I have one more query- is this question correct? "Usen't you to go to school with him?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimmy3169 View Post
    Thank you for clarifying my doubt. I have one more query- is this question correct? "Usen't you to go to school with him?"
    Note the spelling. It's not "usen't", it's "usedn't" because it's a contraction of "useD you not".

    I would say that the sentence is OK, but as I said, it sounds very old fashioned. My grandfather, who is 90 years old, might still use this construction but I don't know anyone younger who would say it.

    You used to go to school with him, didn't you?
    Didn't you used to go to school with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Didn't you used to go to school with him?
    The form of the verb required is the infinitive so 'Didn't you use to ...?' is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    The form of the verb required is the infinitive so 'Didn't you use to ...?' is correct.
    REALLY?! Oh my word! I've had this wrong my entire life, and so did my English teacher in that case! I vaguely remember her going in to a long and detailed explanation about the fact that "used to" isn't related to the verb "use" but is a standalone phrase that always involves the word "used".

    I stand corrected and take back all I said!

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    Default Re: Used to- auxiliary verbs.

    I get corrected on this one all the time.

    "I didn't use to" SOUNDS exactly like "I didn't used to" as does "Did you use to" sounds like "Did you used to." Since we say "I used to" in the positive it feels logical.

    (Back to a prior post with how things sound being easier for me than how they look...)


    I need to keep reminding myself it's like "Did you ran" instead of "Did you run" when I want to type "used."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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