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    Question used to

    Hello everyone,

    I have some problems with the usage of "used to". Do you know some pages in the web, where I can practise that? Unfortunately, I haven't found any practise on your Member-Site (language-quizzes)

    Perhaps you can correct the following sentences at first?

    1.) I used to have two cats, but now I have only one.

    2.) I used to give up smoking, but now I smoke again.

    3.) I used to live Offenbach. Now I live in Hanau.


    Thanks in advance,
    Dany


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    Re: used to

    1) is ok
    2) is wrong; to give up smoking is not something you do over a long period of time, unless you repeatedly tried to stop smoking -- but then you would say "I used to try to give up smoking, but I don't even bother now".
    3) is ok (to live in Offenbach)

    FRC

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    Re: used to

    Thanks for your help and corrections


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    Re: used to

    Hello, Dany,

    2.) I used to give up smoking, but now I smoke again.
    I would say "I tried to give up smoking, but I failed. So I smoke again."
    Do you know why "give up" doesn't go well with "used to"? This is what I think. When you use "used to", you mean to say that you did something regularly in the past. So it would soudn odd if you think the idea of "giving up" a regular action.



    3.) I used to live Offenbach. Now I live in Hanau.
    live in [a city name]. I believe it's a typo.


    Does that help?

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    Re: used to

    Thank you

    But it would be right, when I say:
    I used to smoke, but I gave it up few years ago.

    correct?


    Kind regards,
    Dany


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    Re: used to

    Yes, but you gave it up a few years ago. I don't smoke.

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    Re: used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Do you know some pages in the web, where I can practise that?
    Dany
    Try this link

    used to quiz

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    Re: used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Try this link

    used to quiz
    Thank you Casiopea

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    Re: used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Try this link

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    And this one: Used to & Be/Get Used To

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    Re: used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Thank you. I think, that I haven't see the wood for the trees

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