Habitual behaviour in the past

  • A. The past simple is used for regular actions or habitual behavior in the past, often with a frequency adverb.

Example: I hardly ever went away on holiday when I was young.

  • B. Used to + infinitive is used to refer to past habits and situations which no longer occur or exist now.

Example: We used to have a cat, but he died last year.

I always used to walk to work until I bought a car

  • The negative and question forms:

Example: I didn’t used to like cheese.

Where did you use to live?

NOTE : Used to can not express present habitual behavior:

Example: I usually (not use to) play tennis twice a week.

  • C. Would + infinitive is used to refer to past habits, but not past situations.

Habit:

Example: My dad would often read to me when I was a young boy.

Situations:

Example: I used to (not would) have a bicycle.

  • Stative verbs such as:

have(possession), be, live, like, believe, think, (=have an opinion) ,understand & know are  not   used with would to refer to the past.

Be used to / Get used to + noun or gerund

Be used to + noun / gerund means “be accustomed to”.

Example: She’s a nurse so she’s used to seeing sick people.

Get used to + noun / gerund means “become accustomed to”.

Example: I want to live Athens; I can’t get used to the heat.

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