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    Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Hi!

    Can we ever use "used to" followed by a perfect infinitive [have + P.P]? Did this usage ever exist?

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Please give us an example sentence using that construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please give us an example sentence using that construction.
    Here are many:
    https://www.google.com.eg/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22used+to+have+played+%22
    https://www.google.com.eg/search?q=%...XI4ChD8BQgMKAA
    Last edited by man of manners; 10-Aug-2016 at 07:50.
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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    None of the few examples I looked at appeared natural to me.
    Last edited by Piscean; 10-Aug-2016 at 09:09. Reason: minor typo.

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    None of the few examples I looked at appeared natural to me.
    OK, but are you speaking on behalf of the British as a whole? I mean "Do all the British find it unnatural?
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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Sorry, but I haven't had time yet to check with other sixty or more million.

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Sorry, but I haven't had time yet to check with other sixty or more million.
    I did not mean this.
    OK, what is the difference between "used to" when followed by a base verb and when followed by a perfect infinitive? What is the effect this structure can have on the meaning of a sentence where it is used?
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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    I can't think of a natural sentence containing used to followed by a perfect infniitive.

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    None of those are natural or, indeed, grammatically correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can "used to" be ever used followed by a perfect infinitive?!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    None of those are natural or, indeed, grammatically correct.
    I agree they are unnatural but I assure you that they are grammatically correct. What objection do you have to those realistic examples?
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