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This post was edited by LoneAcorn at 2012-12-1 14:41

Some people may be confused on how to use the words use to and used to.

There are two reasons for the confusion:

1. Usage - sometimes used as a verb, and sometimes used as an adjective.

2. It seems like the tense changes.

Used as a verb.

(过去常常 guò qù cháng cháng)

Use to + verb is a regular verb and means something that happened but doesn't happen any more.

It uses -ed to show past tense. But since it always means something that happened in the past, it should always use past tense.


All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names.

(He was laughed at and called names before, but now they can't.)


Used as an adjective.

(习惯于 xí guàn yú)

Use to be + used to. This means to be accustomed to.


Patel can study with the TV on. He is used to it.

(It means he is accustomed, adjusted, or don't mind having the TV play while he is studying.)


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We always use this word when talking about the past.

So when do you use use to without the d at the end?
When the base form of the verb is used.

  1. She didn't use to jog before noon.
      (Now she does jog before noon.)
  2. Did Peter use to play golf?

In these cases the past tense is shown with the did and didn't.

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Post time 2012-12-2 22:16:04 |Display all floors
And be sure to use "use" to explain "used to" and "to be used to" in order to better abuse and confuse as many readers as possible.

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