English Grammar

Used To | How to Use and Common Mistakes

We use the phrase used to in the sense of formerly to indicate something that happened in the past but no longer does. While in centuries past there was a corresponding present tense form, use to, we now use this construction only in the past tense. Example The grocery store used to be in the heart of market. Ayesha used to work out every morning, but she has been too busy to keep up with it. My father used to take tea. The only time you should write use to instead of used to with this meaning of the phrase is when it is paired with did or didn’t. The reason is that did or didn’t will have assumed the obligation of reflecting the past tense. Did your father use to take tea? My father didn't use to take tea after meals.

We use the phrase used to in the sense of formerly to indicate something that happened in the past but no longer does. While in centuries past there was a corresponding present tense form, use to, we now use this construction only in the past tense.

Example

The grocery store used to be in the heart of market.Ayesha used to work out every morning, but she has been too busy to keep up with it.

My father used to take tea.

The only time you should write use to instead of used to with this meaning of the phrase is when it is paired with did or didn’t. The reason is that did or didn’t will have assumed the obligation of reflecting the past tense.

Did your father use to take tea?My father didn’t use to take tea after meals.

Examples of Sentences

When we were kids, we used to go to school by footجب ہم نچے تھے تو ہم پیدل سکول جایا کرتے تھے
We used to steal different thingsہم مختلف چیزیں چوری کیا کرتے تھے
Grandfather used to tell us interesting storiesدادا جان ہمیں مزے دار کہانیاں سنایا کرتے تھے
Naughty children used to be punishedشرارتی بچوں کو سزا دی جایا کرتی تھی
Zahid used to go to Iran every monthزاہد ہر ماہ ایران جایا کرتا تھا
We used to lend them moneyہم انہیں پیسے ادھار دیا کرتے تھے
My uncle used to help the poorمیرے چچا غریبوں کی مدد کیا کرتے تھے
We used to go to mosque to offer prayerہم مسجد میں نماز پڑھنے جایا کرتے تھے
They used no to conspire against usوہ ہمارے خلاف سازش نہیں کیا کرتے تھے
They used to tend cattle dailyوہ ہر روش مویشی چرایا کرتے تھے

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