`Used to´

Affirmative

I used to live in London

He used to live in London

She used to live in London

It used to live in London

You used to live in London

We used to live in London

They used to live in London

Negative

I didn´t use to live in London

He didn´t use to live in London

She didn´t use to live in London

It didn´t use to live in London

You didn´t use to live in London

We didn´t use to live in London

They didn´t use to live in London

Questions

Did I use to live in London?

Did he use to live in London?

Did she use to live in London?

Did it use to live in London?

Did you use to live in London?

Did we use to live in London?

Did they use to live in London?

used to se uitliza para hablar de hábito, actividad regular o situación del pasado.

I used to cycle to school.

We didn´t use to have a video recorder.

Where did you use to live?

Get used to

infinitive:

to get used to walking to work

present continuous:

I´m getting used to walking to work

past simple:

I got used to walking to work

past continuous:

I was getting used to walking to work

present perfect:

I´ve got used to walking to work

past perfect:

I´d got used to walking to work

will:

I´ll get used to walking to work

going to:

I´m going to get used to walking to work

future continuous:

I´ll be getting used to walking to work

future perfect:

I´ll have to got used to walking to work

get used to se utiliza cuando algo extraño va convirtiéndose en familiar o normal.

They got used to working nights.

He´s getting used to wearing glasses.

Be used to

infinitive:

to be used to waking up early

present simple:

I´m used to waking up early

past simple:

I was used to waking up early

present perfect:

I´ve been used to waking up early

past perfect:

I´d been used to waking up early

will:

I´ll used to waking up early

* be used to se utiliza cuando algo deja de ser extraño o desconocido, y se convierte en normal.

She´s used to driving on the motorway.

We´re used to having sandwiches for lunch.

Would

También se puede utilizar la estructura would + infinitivo para hablar de hábitos del pasado. Sin embargo, en el inglés moderno de uso diario, would es mucho menos frecuente que used to o el pasado simple.

When I was a child, I would spend my holidays there.

Cuando era niño pasaba las vacaciones allí.

O

When I was a child, I used to spent my holidays there.

Would no se utiliza para referirse a estados del pasado. En ese caso se debe emplear used to o el pasado simple.

When I was younger, I used to like sweets.

Cuando era más joven me gustaban los dulces. O

When I was younger, I liked sweets.

PERO NO

When i was younger, I wouldn´t like sweets.

Ejercicios

A. Rewrite the sentences about a man´s life 20 years ago. Use used or didn´t to.

1) He had long hair.

…………………………………………………………………………….

2) He played football.

…………………………………………………………………………….

3) He rode a BMW.

…………………………………………………………………………….

4) Did he ware glasses?

…………………………………………………………………………….

5) He went out with girls.

…………………………………………………………………………….

6) He didn´t talk to himself.

…………………………………………………………………………….

A. Las respuestas correctas.

1) He had long hair.

He used to have long hair.

2) He played football.

He used to play football.

3) He rode a BMW.

He used to ride a BMW.

4) Did he ware glasses?

Did he use to wear glasses?

5) He went out with girls.

He used to go out with girls.

6) He didn´t talk to himself.

He didn´t use to talk to himself.

B. Complete the sentences with ´used to´ or the past simple. Use ´used to ´where possible.

1) When George Clooney was young, he ……………………… (wear) glasses.

2) Brad Pitt ……………………… (give) out adverts, in a chicken suit, for ´El Pollo Loco´ restaurant in Los Angeles.

3) Before she ……………………… (write) Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling ……………………… (teach) English in Portugal.

4) Ricky Martin ……………………… (be) an actor on an American TV show.

After two years he ……………………… (decide) to concentrate on his singing career.

5) Tom Cruise ……………………… (change) his name when he was twelve. He ……………………… (have) the name Thoms Mapother IV!

B. Las respuestas correctas.

1) When George Clooney was young, he used to wear glasses.

2) Brad Pitt used to give out adverts, in a chicken suit, for ´El Pollo Loco´ restaurant in Los Angeles.

3) Before she wrote Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling used to teach English in Portugal.

4) Ricky Martin used to be an actor on an American TV show. After two years he decided to concentrate on his singing career.

5) Tom Cruise changed his name when he was twelve. He used to have the name Thoms Mapother IV!

C. Write sentences. Use the correct form of ´used to´.

1) I / have / long hair

………………………………………………………………………………………………

2) James / not / enjoy / football

………………………………………………………………………………………………

3) I / not / use / my mobile phone very often

………………………………………………………………………………………………

4) Rena / read / a lot of books

………………………………………………………………………………………………

5) Carla / not / believe in ghosts

………………………………………………………………………………………………

6) my grandparents / not / have / a television

………………………………………………………………………………………………

7) my dad / play / the guitar

………………………………………………………………………………………………

8) you / wear / black all the time

………………………………………………………………………………………………

C. Las respuestas correctas.

1) I / have / long hair

I used to have long hair.

2) James / not / enjoy / football

James didn´t use to enjoy football.

3) I / not / use / my mobile phone very often

I didn´t use to use my mobile phone very often.

4) Rena / read / a lot of books

Rena used to read a lot of books.

5) Carla / not / believe in ghosts

Carla didn´t use to believe in ghosts.

6) my grandparents / not / have / a television

My grandparents didn´t use to have a television.

7) my dad / play / the guitar

My dad used to play the guitar.

8) you / wear / black all the time

You used to wear black all the time.

D. Complete the interview with the correct form of the list (not be, play, do, talk, watch, listen, play, go, not have)

Luis: Grandma, did you ………………….. computer games when you were young?

Grandma: Of course not! There ………………….. any computers.

Luis: Did you ………………….. TV?

Grandma: Not much. When I was your age, we didn´t have one. I ………………….. to my friend´s house to watch my favorite programme.

Luis: So what did you ………………….. after school?

Grandma: We ………………….. with dolls.

Luis: And did you ………………….. to your friends on the phone?

Grandma: No! We ………………….. our own phone. We shared it with three other families. We ………. to hear their conversations.

D. Las respuestas correctas.

Luis: Grandma, did you use to play computer games when you were young?

Grandma: Of course not! There weren´t any computers.

Luis: Did you use to watch TV?

Grandma: Not much. When I was your age, we didn´t have one. I used to go to my friend´s house to watch my favorite programme.

Luis: So what did you use to do after school?

Grandma: We used to play with dolls.

Luis: And did you use to talk to your friends on the phone?

Grandma: No! We didn´t have our own phone. We shared it with three other families. We used to hear their conversations.

E. Complete the sentences. Use the words in brackets and the correct form of used to.

1) ………………….. long hair? (you / have)

2) We ………………….. to Germany on holiday every year. (go)

3) I ………………….. squid. (not like)

4) ………………….. in London. (your parents / live)

5) I ………………….. my friends every day. (see)

6) My father ………………….. in an office (not work)

E. Las respuestas correctas.

1) Did you use to have long hair? (you / have)

2) We used to go to Germany on holiday every year. (go)

3) I didn´t use to like squid. (not like)

4) Your parents used to live in London. (your parents / live)

5) I used to see my friends every day. (see)

6) My father didn´t use to work in an office (not work)

F. Write sentences. Use the present simple, the past simple, the past continuous or used to.

1) I / play / chess / when / I / be / at primary school

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

2) they / drive / home / when / they / see / an accident

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

3) John / break / his leg / while / he / ski

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

4) she / not ride / a bike / but now / she / cycle / everywhere

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

5) I / not drink / coffee / but now / I / love / it

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

6) you not be / at home / when / I call

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

F. Las respuestas correctas.

1) I / play / chess / when / I / be / at primary school

I used to play chess when I was at primary school.

2) they / drive / home / when / they / see / an accident

They were driving home when they saw an accident.

3) John / break / his leg / while / he / ski

John broke his leg while he was skiing.

4) she / not ride / a bike / but now / she / cycle / everywhere

She didn´t use to ride a bike but now she is cycling everywhere.

5) I / not drink / coffee / but now / I / love / it

I didn´t use to drink coffee but now I love it.

6) you not be / at home / when / I call

You weren´t at home when I called.

G. Rewrite the sentences with the correct form of used to

1) I the past, I played chess.

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

2) Were you friends with Ann before?

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

3) She didn´t have short hair before

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

4) When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

5) Did Sean play basketball before?

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

6) Our teachers never gave us so much homework

…………………..…………………..…………………..…………………..

G. Las respuestas correctas.

1) I the past, I played chess.

I used to play chess.

2) Were you friends with Ann before?

Did you use to be friends with Ann?

3) She didn´t have short hair before

She didn´t use to have short hair.

4) When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut

I used to want to be an astronaut.

5) Did Sean play basketball before?

Did Sean use to play basketball?

6) Our teachers never gave us so much homework

Our teachers never use to give us so much homework.

H. Choose the correct option.

My grandparents (used to / would) live in a small village in the country. When I was a child, I (used to / use to) spend part of the summer holidays with them.

I (used / would) stay there for two or three weeks and my grandmother (used to / wouldn´t) cook wonderful meals. I (didn´t used to / wouldn´t) get up until 11 am. It was fantastic!

My grandfather (used to / would) have a boat and he (use to / would) take me fishing. We (use to / would) eat the fish for dinner. As I got older, I (didn´t use to / wouldn´t) like going there so much because I wanted to stay with my friends in the city.

H. Las respuestas correctas.

My grandparents used to live in a small village in the country. When I was a child, I used to spend part of the summer holidays with them.

I would stay there for two or three weeks and my grandmother used to cook wonderful meals. I wouldn´t get up until 11 am. It was fantastic!

My grandfather used to have a boat and he would take me fishing. We would eat the fish for dinner. As I got older, I didn´t use to like going there so much because I wanted to stay with my friends in the city.

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