Subject + [USED TO + Infinitive] + Complement
- My wife USED TO PLAY volleyball.
Subject + [didn’t USE TO + Infinitive] + Complement
- Peter didn’t use to drink whiskey.
Question Word + [did + Subject + USE TO + Infinitive] + Complement
- What sport did Maria use to practice?
- How much money did you use to spend at the casino?
- Did Juan use to play the violin?
We use the structure USED TO to talk about PAST HABITS and ROUTINES.
Please remember that when we talk about present habits and routines we use the. There is no present form of the structure USED TO. Look at the following table
|Present habits and routines||Past habits and routines|
|I get up at 6:00 am||I used at 6:00 am|
|Santiago smokes||Santiago used to smoke|
|My mother cooks||My mother used to cook|
|They don’t play tennis||They didn’t use to play tennis|
|Juan doesn’t teach||Juan didn’t use to teach|
|Does Tina work for IBM?||Did Tina use to work for IBM?|
|Where do they live?||Where did they use to live?|
If we have the following sentence
Brian used to work at the bank.
The present form of the sentence is:
Brian works at the bank CORRECT
Brian use to work at the bank INCORRECT