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Does "usedn't to" mean "never" or "not frequently"? Take the following sentence for example:
He usedn't to go there.
Dose this sentence means "he never went there" or "he didn't go there frequently"?
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The following information is from OLAD entry for "used":
The following negative and question patterns are old-fashioned or very formal : I usedn't to like her. Used you to go there? There used to be a cinema here, use(d)n't there? Most people now use patterns with did, especially when speaking or writing informally : I didn't use to like her. Did you use to go there? There used to be a cinema here, didn't there?
Negative-used not to---I used not to think so .Did not use to -incorrect.
Didn't you use to live in Bangalore?correct
I think in formal written English "used not to" (not 'usedn't to') still prevails.
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
[modal verb] —used to say that something existed or repeatedly happened in the past but does not exist or happen now
▪ We used to go out more often. [=in the past we went out more often]
▪ He never used to smoke. [=he never smoked in the past]
▪ My grandmother said winters used to be harder here.
▪ (Brit, old-fashioned) You used not to smoke, did you?
Used to is usually used in the form use to when it occurs with did.
▪ Did you use to work there? [=did you work there in the past?]
▪ It didn't use to be like that.
▪ He didn't use to smoke.
Note, incidentally, that *didn't used to is a commonly encountered solecism.