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    #1

    used there to be

    is it correct to ask: used there to be?
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    #2

    Re: used there to be

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    is it correct to ask: used there to be?
    Thank you

    "Used there to be...?

    Yes it is correct.

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    #3

    Re: used there to be

    Quite agreed with bhaisahab.

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    #4

    Re: used there to be

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Used there to be...?

    Yes it is correct.
    Could you provide an example or two; the reason being, I can't seem to figure out what exactly 'used there to be' means. The word order has me confused. Is it grammatical? Teach me.

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    #5

    Re: used there to be

    I used before/young to be a funny boy.

    bhaisahab will confirm or not...

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    #6

    Re: used there to be

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    I used before/young to be a funny boy.

    bhaisahab will confirm or not...
    Hold on. I thought the phrase was "used there to be", 4 words ...

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    #7

    Re: used there to be

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    Hold on. I thought the phrase was "used there to be", 4 words ...
    Hi,
    "Used there to be a fruit shop on this corner?"
    = "Did there used to be a fruit shop on this corner?"

    It is correct British English, if somewhat formal and dated.

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    #8

    Re: used there to be

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    "Used there to be a fruit shop on this corner?"
    = "Did there used to be a fruit shop on this corner?"

    It is correct British English, if somewhat formal and dated.
    Oh, I see.

    I found/googled a modern example:
    Ex: It should be noted that we understand the definition of complementarity used there to be somewhat different from that here: ...

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