During a recent trip to the UK, we actually returned to my childhood summer holiday destination, where we ‘used to’* have a caravan and spend most of my holidays. *Talking about things that happened regularly in the past, but NO LONGER happen – in this case because we are talking about my childhood.
Here’s another example for it ‘NO LONGER’ happening:
“I used to play football, but I don’t play very often now”.
The trip was a blast from the past – walk down memory lane, it reminded me of back then when I USED TO play footy/cricket on the beach, bury my Dad in the sand & go swimming in temperatures that would give me a heart attack nowadays. Back then we DIDN’T USE to have a toilet or shower in the caravan – just a toilet & shower block – ah those were the days!
‘Would’ can be used in a similar way when talking about things that happened regularly in the past.
“I USED TO play footy/cricket on the beach.”
“I WOULD play footy/cricket on the beach.”
Question of the Day: Where did you USE to go on holidays as a kid?
P.S. The well-known Irish Band ‘The Saw Doctors’ wrote a great song entitled ‘I useta love her’. https://youtu.be/QtAxF3BQFRg
Use to (do sth) (pflegen, etw zu tun), blast from the past (Eine Begegnung mit der Vergangenheit), walk down memory lane (in Erinnerungen schwelgen), to bury (begraben), caravan (Wohnwagen)
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Are you interested in studying the grammar of ‘used to’ a little more and doing some exercises to check your understanding? Check out Unit 18 (pages 36/37) of the English Grammar in Use.
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