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  1. xiaoen's Avatar
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    #1

    Have you ever Vs. Did you use to

    1. Have you ever played soccer?
    2. Did you use to play soccer?

    Hi,
    Once a friend of mine asked me for the difference between #1 and #2. I explained the difference like this:
    I told him:

    "In #1 we usually use "have you ever" to know if the person has done something once from the time he was born until now."

    "
    In #2 We usually use "use to" if the person has done something in a repetitive manner."

    Am I right?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Have you ever Vs. Did you use to

    Yes. You are correct.

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    #3

    Re: Have you ever Vs. Did you use to

    I would modify this a bit.
    Have you ever - have you done it at least once, not one time and one time only.
    Did you used to - I agree that it was repetitive, but in the past and no longer done.
    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.

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