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    had used to

    Dear teachers and members,

    Tell me whether I can use "had used to" or just "used to" here:

    The King was said to be talented at ruling the ruling the country but very hard and cold to merciless level. The King had used to have his maidís head cuff off because of her careless touch on his cheek while she was fanning him during his sleep.

    Tks

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    Re: had used to

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixqn81 View Post
    Dear teachers and members,

    Tell me whether I can use "had used to" or just "used to" here:

    The King was said to be talented at ruling the ruling the country but very hard and cold to merciless level. The King had used to have his maidís head cuff off because of her careless touch on his cheek while she was fanning him during his sleep.

    Tks
    Dear Phoenix:
    'Used to' implies a habitual activity. The king can only have the maid's head cut off once, so you might want to say:

    The King was said to be talented at ruling the country but very hard and cold to a merciless level (or: degree). The King once had used to have his maidís head cut off because of her careless touch on his cheek as she was fanning him while he slept.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Re: had used to

    Tks for your reply. I still want to ask you:

    1) Have ever we had the past perfect tense of "used to" ("had used to")?
    Or we just use "used to" in all case that show the habitual activity.

    2)
    I think if I keep the phrase "while she was fanning him during his sleep.", it still ok, right?

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    Re: had used to

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixqn81 View Post
    Tks for your reply. I still want to ask you:

    1) Have ever we had the past perfect tense of "used to" ("had used to")?
    Or we just use "used to" in all case that show the habitual activity.
    used to
    2)
    I think if I keep the phrase "while she was fanning him during his sleep.", it still ok, right?
    yes, it's fine that way.
    Petra

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    Re: had used to

    tks a lot.

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