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    Question "used to" and "would"

    Could anybody check these sentences?

    1 In the afternoon, we used to usually sit together and eat dinner.
    2 We used to live in a small flat but five months ago we bought a house.
    3 I didn't use to eat lecsó but now I just love it.
    4 He wouldn't play chess when he was a child.

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    Re: "used to" and "would"

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Could anybody check these sentences?

    1 In the afternoon, we used to usually sit together and eat dinner.
    2 We used to live in a small flat but five months ago we bought a house.
    3 I didn't use to eat lecsó but now I just love it.
    4 He wouldn't play chess when he was a child.
    1 In the afternoon, we usually used to sit together and eat dinner. This is better.
    2 We used to live in a small flat but five months ago we bought a house.
    3 I didn't used to eat lecsó but now I just love it.
    4 He wouldn't play chess when he was a child. This means that he refused to play.


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    Re: "used to" and "would"

    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    3 I didn't used to eat lecsó but now I just love it.
    Even after did/didn't I should write "used"?

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    Re: "used to" and "would"

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Thank you.


    Even after did/didn't I should write "used"?
    Hi, 126!

    I'd like to give you some information from a book called 'Practical English Usage - Michael Swan'. On page 604 it says:

    577 used+infinitive

    3 question and negative forms

    In a formal style, used to...can have the forms of a modal auxiliary verb (questions and negatives without do), especially in British English. The modal question forms are rare.
    I used not to like opera, but now I do. (OR I used to not like opera...)
    Used you to play football at school?

    These forms are not used in tags.
    You used not to like him, did you? (NOT...used you?)

    In an informal style, it is more common to use ordinary question and negative forms with auxiliary do.
    Did you use to play football at school?
    I didn't use to like opera, but now I do.

    These forms are not often written; when they are, they are sometimes spelt did...used to and didn't used to; many people consider these spellings incorrect.

    The contraction use(d)n't is also occasionally used.


    I hope the information will be a great help to you.


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    Re: "used to" and "would"

    Thank you very much!

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