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Sentence: "I don't/didn't used to support any kind of violence..."
My question/ doubt: What word would be appropriate in this sentence if it were to be said in past tense: "don't used to" or "didn't used to" ?
Last edited by Joe333; 12-Mar-2010 at 18:20.
bhaisahab would probably disagree with that usage, but Americans would probably support it (as perhaps would more Britons than bhai would like to admit).
Generally, 'never' should be used with the present perfect, not the simple past which is the case here. So, it's a special case.
How do we form the opposite of "I used to support..."?
I am not quite sure, but it seems awkward to say "I didn't used to support..."
I would reshape it entirely to say, "I didn't support it before but I do now."
By the way, if it's said out loud, you have no idea if it the D is there or not because "use to" and "used to" will sound the same.
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.