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I am an ESL student by my own in this web site since a few years ago, and I have question about the following:
Q.- Is it a grammar rule the following combination on the, in Latino America we know as : šuse to beš. or is it a conjugation tense?
and I appreciate all the information that might help me on this, this doubt I got it, becauese I use it very often, how ever I really do not remember if I have found on detail about this topic in this web site.
Thank you for the support on this.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I believe that you are referring to "used" + infinitive.
This refers to something in the past that is no longer true:
Sue used to be rude; now she is courteous. She did not use to be courteous.
Tom used to live Buenos Aires; now he lives in Lima. He did not use to live in Lima.
I used to eat ice cream. I no longer eat it, because it is much too fattening -- and delicious. I did not use to care about my weight, but I do now.
(2) Grammar books call this use of used + infinitive a
Some other popular uses of this construction (kind of sentence) are:
I have + to study more.
The sun is going + to rise at 5 a.m.
The students ought + to study every day.
(3) My sources were:
A Grammar of Present-Day English by Messrs. Pence & Emery
Descriptive English Grammar by Mr. House & Ms. Harman.
Grammar in Use by Mr. Raymond Murphy
Affirmative: I used to be young; now I am old. (use the d)
Negative: I did not use to have gray hair. (do NOT use the d)
Last edited by TheParser; 14-Feb-2011 at 11:43.