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  • This is everyday grammar.

  • I'm Alice Bryant.

  • For some English learners, it is easy to confuse the adverb, usually with the modal verb used thio.

  • They sound somewhat similar, used Thio usually, and both deal with habitual actions or states.

  • But there is a key difference.

  • So let's talk about that today.

  • The modal verb used Teoh is about past habits or states.

  • The adverb usually is about present habits or states.

  • Listen to this speaker talk about the past.

  • When I was a teen, my friends and I used to jump into the water from cliffs as high as 50 ft.

  • We used to be fearless.

  • Those were crazy times, but a lot of fun.

  • The speaker uses the modal verb used Thio to describe a repeated action in the past cliff jumping.

  • He also uses it to describe a past state he and his friends lack of fear Used.

  • Thio indicates that none of these things are still true Now.

  • Next, listen to the speaker talk about present times.

  • I'm a lot older now.

  • I do not usually jump off of cliffs anymore, but when I do, they are usually less than 20 ft high, and I'm usually a bit scared here.

  • The speaker uses the adverb usually to describe his present habits and mind state.

  • I hope this helps you remember the differences between these tricky words, and that's everyday grammar.

This is everyday grammar.

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Everyday Grammar: Usually vs Used to

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/15
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