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    Use or Used, In context

    Pretty simple confusion :S


    Sentence.....
    "I use to like to drive"
    "I used to like to drive"

    At first I thought "used" because that infers an action.



    It's gotten me a little confused.

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    Re: Use or Used, In context

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    "I use to like to drive."
    "I used to like to drive."
    There is no present-tense form of this verb.

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    Re: Use or Used, In context

    Ok, but used in another structure:
    "I used the shovel"
    "I use the shovel"

    You have past tense and present tense. What makes that different in this structure?

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    Re: Use or Used, In context

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Ok, but used in another structure:
    "I used the shovel"
    "I use the shovel"

    You have past tense and present tense. What makes that different in this structure?
    We have two completely different verbs. 'used to'/ pronounced with /st/ is an anomalous verb, existing only in the one form. 'Use' is a full verb with all the usual forms, include 'used', pronounced with /zd/. It has a completely different meaning. There are also the forms 'be/get used to', pronounced with /st/ which have yet another meaning.

    I used to be unable to use chopsticks. When I went to work in China, I soon got used to using them.

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    Re: Use or Used, In context

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We have two completely different verbs. 'used to'/ pronounced with /st/ is an anomalous verb, existing only in the one form. 'Use' is a full verb with all the usual forms, include 'used', pronounced with /zd/. It has a completely different meaning. There are also the forms 'be/get used to', pronounced with /st/ which have yet another meaning.

    I used to be unable to use chopsticks. When I went to work in China, I soon got used to using them.

    Not sure if helped....Or made me more confused...

    Think I get it though. Both have different meanings!

    Thanks

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    Re: Use or Used, In context

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    There is no present-tense form of this verb.
    Perhaps it would be better to say that there isn't one in modern parlance. Here's a 19th-century example:
    Mr. Lorriby was not of the sort of schoolmasters whom men use to denominate by the title of knock-down and drag out.
    This is archaic now.

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