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    #1

    Using "used to" in some special context.

    Hi!
    I have a very objective question to ask!
    Can we use "used to" in the if-clause in the second conditional of if to express "The past subjunctive/Unreal past" which refers to future aspect/tense?

    Thanks in advance!
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    #2

    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Have you a sentence in mind?

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    #3

    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Have you a sentence in mind?
    Oh, yes.
    Do you find the following sentence grammatically correct? "If he used to study more often, it would be easier for him to pass the test" given that the context is future tense as other second conditionals? BTW any sentence will do.
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    #4

    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    "If he used to study more often, it would be easier for him to pass the test" .
    That sentence is just about possible if we think of it in this way:

    If he used to study more often (than he does now) [and that seems to be a possibility], then it would be easier for him for him to pass the test (than if he did not in fact study more often in the past).

    That's a very contrived, and unlikely, context.

    Incidentally, second conditionals are about present, general or future time, not future tense.

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    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If he used to study more often (than he does now) [and that seems to be a possibility], then it would be easier for him to pass the test (than if he did not in fact study more often in the past). [Comment: I can now understand that it does not refer to future time]
    Incidentally, second conditionals are about present, general or future time, not future tense.[Comment: unintentionally written word]
    I have so good an addition in order that I can be less confused. "If he used to study more often in the few years to come, it would be easier for him to pass the test". What about now?
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    #6

    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    That is not possible. 'Used to' is used for things that happened in the past. It cannot be used with future reference.

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    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That is not possible. 'Used to' is used for things that happened in the past. It cannot be used with future reference.
    I highly appreciate this direct clear answer which is quite sufficient to me, but do you have any reasons that this is not possible?
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    #8

    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    I gave the reason in post 6.

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    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I gave the reason in post 6.
    I want to know why it cannot be used with a future reference. That is what I meant.
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    Re: Using "used to" in some special context.

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I want to know why it cannot be used with a future reference. That is what I meant.
    Used to can only be used to refer to the past. That's simply how the auxiliary works.
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