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    Default Re: 'Did you use to...' implies?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Strictly, 'I didn't know there was...')

    'I didn't expect...' doesn't really work there, as I expect you guessed!
    I didn't expect that response, Bob. 'Expect' seems OK to me. Why doesn't it work for you?

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    Default Re: 'Did you use to...' implies?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Strictly, 'I didn't know there was...')

    'I didn't expect...' doesn't really work there, as I expect you guessed! You could say:

    • I didn't know
    • I never knew
    • I'd never've guessed ['never have', but it's usually elided]
    • That's a new one on me [very colloquial, especially if you use 'on'. Some teachers would prefer 'for' or 'to']
    • That's a new one.
    • ... [ Several other possibilities. I'm sure people will add a few.]

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    Thanks for your suggestions, Bobk. I will continue trying to find more example sentences about the usage of the word 'expect', and figure out the most appropriate way of using it.

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    Default Re: 'Did you use to...' implies?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I didn't expect that response, Bob. 'Expect' seems OK to me. Why doesn't it work for you?
    For me, Heidi would only have used 'expect' if she'd had some reason to think that I thought (i.e. that her readers thought) that she would have considered words to use in that context - like, if she was in a linguistics class and her teacher had said 'Think about what sort of word you could use there, and we'll talk about it next time.' (It's not a strong objection: my 'doesn't work' was perhaps a bit strong - that's why I tried to tone it down with 'really'. I should just have said 'To my ear, it's an odd choice of word'. )

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    PS 'I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition' suggests that the speaker has considered what sort of person might interrupt.
    PPS That's a very bad example. Search on YouTube and you'll see why. In the Monty Python sketch, when the character says 'I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition' he means - hyperbolically - I had no reason to foresee such detailed questioning. The joke depends on an over-literal interpretation of 'didn't expect' with the implication 'I was expecting someone to come through the door.'
    Last edited by BobK; 28-Mar-2011 at 16:04. Reason: PSs Added

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    Default Re: 'Did you use to...' implies?

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    Hi,
    Is it use to or used to?


    Thanks:)
    In a declarative sentence it is "used to." He used to be a teacher.

    In a negative sentence or in a question it is "use to." He didn't use to be a teacher. Did he use to be a teacher?

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