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    used to / used + Infinitive

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your expert opinion concerning the following sentences?

    “I used to know, but I’ve forgotten now.”

    “You are not the Andrew Manson I married. Oh! If only you’d be as you used to be!

    “You usedn’t to talk that way.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    “She looked at her sister just as she used to when they were little and fighting together.”

    “His hair does not curl as it used once.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your expert opinion concerning the following sentences?

    “I used to know, but I’ve forgotten now.”
    It tells about past fact (to know and remember)which is no longer true.

    “You are not the Andrew Manson I married. Oh! If only you’d be as you used to be!

    It indicates that some behavior/action by Andrew Manson was often repeated in the past, but it is not usually done now. The writer wish the same thing to reoccur.

    “You usedn’t to talk that way.”
    It expresses the idea that something was an old habit that has stopped now.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    But

    “She looked at her sister just as she used to when they were little and fighting together.”

    It expresses the idea that something was an old habit that stopped in the past.

    “His hair does not curl as it used once.

    Here “used” tells about a past fact which is no longer true.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: used to / used + Infinitive

    Hello,
    Note not a teacher;

    “You usedn’t to talk that way.”
    It expresses the idea that something was an old habit that has stopped
    now
    .
    Perhaps I just rephrase what was said :
    It expresses the idea that something was not an old habit that has started now.
    I have never seen "used not to" used in that way - Is it informal or old fashion ?

    I have seen in sentences as :
    It was used not to destroy but to build.

    Cheers;
    Last edited by Jaskin; 17-Feb-2009 at 16:32.

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    Re: used to / used + Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Note not a teacher;

    Perhaps I just rephrase what was said :
    It expresses the idea that something was not an old habit that has started now.
    I have never seen "used not to" used in that way - Is it informal or old fashion ?
    Cheers;
    It is old fashioned in the UK, but it's used in parts of Ireland.

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    Re: used to / used + Infinitive

    Hi Jaskin,

    There is a quotation of you:

    I have never seen "used not to" used in that way - Is it informal or old fashion ?

    And there are a few words of me concerning the matter in question:

    Used not (Usedn't)

    Daren't, shan't and usedn't are not often used in American English.

    The contracted written form is usedn't, not usen't. ... For negative questions, you can say:

    “Didn't he use (or used) to snore?” or “Usedn't he to snore?

    It is his use to take a shower every morning.
    2.used to + do 过去常常、过去惯常 (v.)
    (否定式used not, usedn’t, usen’t )

    e.g. I do not swim so often as I used (to).
    He usedn’t to come.

    3.be used to + doing 习惯于 (adj.)
    e.g. He is used to hard work.

    You will soon get used to living with them.

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    Re: used to / used + Infinitive

    Hi vil

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    It is his use to take a shower every morning.
    2.used to + do 过去常常、过去惯常 (v.)
    (否定式used not, usedn’t, usen’t )

    e.g. I do not swim so often as I used (to).
    He usedn’t to come.

    3.be used to + doing 习惯于 (adj.)
    e.g. He is used to hard work.

    You will soon get used to living with them.
    Let me translate the slide no. 17 to a language I try learning :
    It is his use to take a shower every morning.
    2.used to + do Over the past, has often been habitual (v.)
    Negative used not, usedn’t, usen’t )

    e.g. I do not swim so often as I used (to).
    He usedn’t to come.

    3.be used to + doing Accustomed to adj.)
    e.g. He is used to hard work.

    You will soon get used to living with them.
    And the bit you have missed out :
    1.They are derived from “use” (n.)习惯;惯例 customs and practices
    e.g. according to an ancient use


    In the first sentence It is his use to take a shower every morning.
    I'd use word "habit" instead of "use".

    I just don't know what to think about it .....

    Best regards.

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