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    Question Question or doubt about Grammar

    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.

    Carmen Flores

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    Re: Question or doubt about Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by carflowers View Post
    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.

    Carmen Flores


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Ms. Flores,


    (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

    complementary infinitive.

    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

    *****

    Kindly remember:

    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 12:43.

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