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  • Stop Saying from bbclearningenglish.com.

  • Hi, I'm Melissa and I come from Milan.

  • I love 'used to' in English. It's so useful for talking about things I did but don't do anymore.

  • Like, I used to play tennis.

  • But are there other ways of saying 'used to'?

  • I want to stop saying 'used to' so much .

  • 'Used to'. Now that is a really good question.

  • Would you like me to give you an alternative to 'use to'? Would you? 'Would you'? Get it?

  • Would you?

  • Right. Well, perhaps I'll just explain then. Come on, follow me.

  • But first I'd like you to meet younger Tim.

  • I play football every day.

  • I get up at 7 am. I run to the park with my ball and I practice free kicks until nighttime.

  • That was me about ten years ago ish.

  • I would play football every day.

  • I'd get up at 7 am. I'd run to the park with my ball and I'd practice free kicks until nighttime.

  • Not anymore.

  • Ah. But did you notice what I did there?

  • I 'would' play football every day.

  • 'I'd' get up at 7 am. 'I'd' run to the park with my ball and 'I'd' practice free kicks until nighttime.

  • We can use 'would' to talk about past actions that we did on a number of occasions.

  • Alright, now, is it time for my cigarette break now?

  • I don't think that's a good idea, do you, Tim?

  • I love football and sport and being fit and healthy.

  • I hate smoking and I hate drinking alcohol.

  • Mm... that's true. I used to be very fit and healthy.

  • What went wrong?

  • Ah, yes.

  • Now we need to be careful here.

  • Although we can use 'would' instead of 'used to' to talk about past repeated actions, we can't use it to talk about past states.

  • We can't say I would be very fit and healthy.

  • We need 'used to'. I used to be very fit and healthy.

  • Now what's got two thumbs and is about to drink a beer.

  • This bad boy.

  • Woof.

  • Sorry, Tim. I don't think that's gonna happen.

  • We've talked about this, haven't we?

  • Thought I was going to drink that.

  • Thank you.

  • Yes, I hate smoking and I hate drinking alcohol and I hate junk food.

  • Wow, I really was a health fanatic.

  • I ate fruit and I never had junk food.

  • Now you'll notice that I used past simple there.

  • I really 'was' a health fanatic.

  • I 'ate' fruit.

  • Don't forget you can use past simple to talk about past repeated actions.

  • You don't have to use 'used to' or 'would' every time.

  • So there we go.

  • I hope that's answered your question.

  • If you don't want to use 'used to' so much, you can use 'would' to talk about past repeated actions but not states.

  • And you can always use past simple to add a bit of variety.

  • Now I've been looking forward to this chips.

  • Sorry, Tim. (I) can't let you have those.

  • Thanks, Tim. That's very clear.

  • And I think you used to be much healthier.

  • Give up the cigarettes, beer and chips.

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Past habits without 'used to': Stop Saying

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    林宜悉 posted on 2022/09/22
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