|I DIDN'T USE TO eat sushi because I didn't like the idea of eating raw fish. Now, |
I love it, but I know some people who ARE STILL NOT USED TO eating it.
This is part 2 of our lesson on the differences between USED TO + verb and BE USED TO + noun/gerund. In this lesson, we'll talk about how to form negatives and questions with these two phrases. If you haven't read part 1, please check that out first, so you can BRUSH UP (review) on how they differ in meaning and structure.
First, let's talk about USED TO + verb. Because it is only about the past, there is only one way to form the negative: using DIDN'T. Remember that whenever we use the auxiliary verb DO, the main verb is always in the simple form. So the negative of USED TO is simply DIDN'T USE TO.
1. I DIDN'T USE TO work out everyday; now, I do.
2. He DIDN'T USE TO like English; now, he does.
Similarly, because this phrase can only be about the past, we also use the auxiliary verb DID to form a question. As in the negative, the main verb must be in the simple form because of the presence of the auxiliary verb DID.
2. DID they USE TO own a car?
3. How DID you USE TO get to work before you bought your car?
2. They'RE NOT USED TO speaking English on the phone yet.
2. IS she USED TO working long hours?
3. IS your dog USED TO being home alone?
2. They NEVER USED TO invite us to their parties. Now, they call us every time they have one.
2. She WILL NEVER BE USED TO living with people who smoke. She hates cigarettes, so she'll probably move out soon.
TIME TO PRACTICE:
1. What do you do now, that you DIDN'T USE TO do?
[I DIDN'T USE TO go grocery shopping; now, I do.]
[I NEVER USED TO iron my shirts; now, I do.]
2. What ARE you still NOT USED TO DOING at work or at school?
[I'M still NOT USED TO the new computer system at work.]
[I'M still NOT USED TO using the new vocabulary we learned in class.]
Well, I hope you found this lesson useful. Please feel free to write your practice sentences or any questions below, on the NYLC page on Facebook, or @NYLangCenter on Twitter. Until next time. :-)
-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor