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    #1

    used

    I've got some questions about "I used to do" construct:

    1. is it possible to write "Used you to work here?" or "I used not to work here" (without aux. did)?
    2. how do I should say "I used to do" in reported speech?

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    Re: used

    "used to" isn't an auxiliary, like BE or HAVE, so it cannot function like an auxiliary. It need DO-insertion like other verbs:

    1. Did you use to work here? <See Note below, the -d on used is dropped and picked up by Did>
    2. No, I didn't (use to work here). <See Note below, the -d on used is dropped and picked up by Did>
    2. Max said (that) they used to work here.

    Note,
    When do occurs with used to in negative statements and in questions, use to (not used to) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didn’t she use to work for your company?
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