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    Didn't used to vs. didn't use to??

    Hi teachers!!

    As far as i have read and find a very unusaul use of the verb use to. I have already asked some teachers, yet I got unsatified answers. The sentence says:

    I didn't used to come here very oft.

    I didn't use to come here very oft.

    My question: Why after auxi didn't the used to from is still used?

    Thanks beforehand!!

    Kimlong

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    Re: Didn't used to vs. didn't use to??

    Quote Originally Posted by kimlong
    Hi teachers!!
    As far as i have read and find a very unusaul use of the verb use to. I have already asked some teachers, yet I got unsatified answers. The sentence says:
    I didn't used to come here very oft.
    I didn't use to come here very oft.
    My question: Why after auxi didn't the used to from is still used?
    Thanks beforehand!!
    Kimlong
    used to is a marginal auxiliary.
    This idiom, yes, verbal idiom, sometimes is treated as a normal verb, other times seems like a modal. It is a matter of taste.
    Both 'did not used to' and 'did not use to' are accepted in traditional English.

    Some peculiarities vis a vis the usage of used to:

    I usedn't to like dogs.
    This is accepted standard English.
    It is another kettle of fish that it sounds weird because nobody says that. Still it is accepted usage.

    mayn't he have gone home? This is fine. Nobody has ever said that I think, though.

    use of dare:

    marginal auxiliary

    I daren't jump.
    I do not dare to jump.
    I did not dare to jump.
    I daren't have jumped.
    I did not dare jump ( mixed modal normal)
    Last edited by svartnik; 29-Jul-2006 at 07:23.

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    Re: Didn't used to vs. didn't use to??

    Quote Originally Posted by kimlong
    Hi teachers!!
    As far as i have read and find a very unusaul use of the verb use to. I have already asked some teachers, yet I got unsatified answers. The sentence says:
    I didn't used to come here very oft.
    I didn't use to come here very oft.
    My question: Why after auxi didn't the used to from is still used?
    Thanks beforehand!!
    Kimlong

    Correct : ..didn`t use to...

    Use to + verb is a regular verb and it means something that happened but doesn`t anymore. It uses -ed to show past tense [ in the affirmative]
    I used to go to school in London.[ I went to school there before, but now I don`t] or When I was a child I used to climb trees.

    negative form : I did not use to swim before noon.
    interrogative form : Did you use to ride the bike when you were a child?


    Regards,

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    Re: Didn't used to vs. didn't use to??

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik
    used to is a marginal auxiliary.
    This idiom, yes, verbal idiom, sometimes is treated as a normal verb, other times seems like a modal. It is a matter of taste.
    Both 'did not used to' and 'did not use to' are accepted in traditional English.

    Some peculiarities vis a vis the usage of used to:

    I usedn't to like dogs.
    This is accepted standard English.
    It is another kettle of fish that it sounds weird because nobody says that. Still it is accepted usage.

    mayn't he have gone home? This is fine. Nobody has ever said that I think, though.

    use of dare:

    marginal auxiliary

    I daren't jump.
    I do not dare to jump.
    I did not dare to jump.
    I daren't have jumped.
    I did not dare jump ( mixed modal normal)


    In a written paper or FCE exam the following quotes are incorrect:

    "I usedn't to like dogs"
    .
    "did not used to" [ it`s an obvious mistake -it does not exist in BE]

    "mayn't he have gone home?"

    All the best,

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    Re: Didn't used to vs. didn't use to??

    Quote Originally Posted by sheena55ro
    Correct : ..didn`t use to...
    Use to + verb is a regular verb and it means something that happened but doesn`t anymore. It uses -ed to show past tense [ in the affirmative]
    I used to go to school in London.[ I went to school there before, but now I don`t] or When I was a child I used to climb trees.
    negative form : I did not use to swim before noon.
    interrogative form : Did you use to ride the bike when you were a child?
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