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    Used to

    Are both these sentences acceptable?

    Where did you USE TO live when you were a kid?
    Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    Thanx

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by honyk View Post
    Are both these sentences acceptable?

    Where did you USE TO live when you were a kid?
    Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    Thanx
    The correct choice is: Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    We use the verb use in its past tense with an infinitive to indicate a past condition or habitual practice: We used to live in that house. Because the -d in used is not pronounced in these constructions, people sometimes mistakenly leave it out when writing. Thus it is incorrect to write We use to play tennis. When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and use to (not used to) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didnít she use to work for your company?

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by honyk View Post
    Are both these sentences acceptable?

    Where did you USE TO live when you were a kid?
    Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    Thanx
    I wouldn't use either of those sentences; the words 'use(d) to' serve no useful purpose in that sentence.
    I would just say, 'Where did you live when you were a kid?'


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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I wouldn't use either of those sentences; the words 'use(d) to' serve no useful purpose in that sentence.
    I would just say, 'Where did you live when you were a kid?'
    It's called language choice, 2006.

    ++++++++++

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    intransitive verb1óused in the past with to to indicate a former fact or state <we used to go more often><didn't use to smoke>

    ++++++++++++++++

    Amigo, I think you have a typo in your answer that's giving conflicting signals. Maybe I'm wrong but have a look at the parts I bolded.

    The correct choice is: Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and use to (not used to) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didnít she use to work for your company?

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    It's called language choice, 2006.

    ++++++++++

    M-W:

    intransitive verb1óused in the past with to to indicate a former fact or state <we used to go more often><didn't use to smoke>

    ++++++++++++++++

    Amigo, I think you have a typo in your answer that's giving conflicting signals. Maybe I'm wrong but have a look at the parts I bolded.

    The correct choice is: Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and use to (not used to) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didnít she use to work for your company?
    Thanks for the catch, riverkid! I still can't think and type at the same time!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

    P.S. I'm curious, in a friendly way, as to why you do not capitalize the 'r' in riverkid! We bemoan the bad habits displayed on the Internet but, yet, we inadvertently commit some of the same transgressions in this forum!

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    Re: Used to

    I understand what you are saying, riverkid. But good language does not use words that are useless and at the same time make a sentence more complicated than necessary.


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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post

    P.S. I'm curious, in a friendly way, as to why you do not capitalize the 'r' in riverkid! We bemoan the bad habits displayed on the Internet but, yet, we inadvertently commit some of the same transgressions in this forum!
    I'm unassuming, Amigo.

    Seriously, I don't really know but the question might well be reversed. Why capitalize all names, even nicknames?

    Maybe I'm ee cummings reincarnate.

    I'm of the opinion that there are many more transgressions by teachers than by others.


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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by honyk View Post
    Are both these sentences acceptable?

    Where did you USE TO live when you were a kid?
    Where did you USED TO live when you were a kid?

    Thanx

    Hi everybody,
    Although I have to confess I agree with 2006 on the awkwardness of "used to live when you were a kid", I wanted to comment on "use to" vs. "used to" ...my memory is nagging me that this is a NAE/BrE divide. Can a BrE speaker comment?
    Fiona

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I'm unassuming, Amigo.

    Seriously, I don't really know but the question might well be reversed. Why capitalize all names, even nicknames?

    Maybe I'm ee cummings reincarnate.

    I'm of the opinion that there are many more transgressions by teachers than by others.
    Point well taken, my unassuming amigo! Nonetheless, you can safely assume that I enjoyed your posting to me...complete with adverts!!!

    Cheers,
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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    ++++++++++
    regarding......Where did you USE(D) TO live when you were a kid?

    When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and 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?
    I agree with riverkid.

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