“Used to”, “be used to” and “would”

    Business Spotlight Übungsheft 5/2019
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    Von Anna Hochsieder

    “Used to”, “be used to” and “would” are all ways of talking about habits. Practise using them correctly by doing the following exercises.


    You can use “used to” + infinitive to talk about past habits and about past states:

    • She used to play tennis.
    • He used to have a beard.

    You can use “would” + infinitive to talk about past habits, but not about past states. The form is often used with time expressions such as “often”, “when I was young”, etc.:

    • We would often go for a stroll in our lunch break.

    “Would” + infinitive is not normally used in this sense in negative statements or in questions.

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