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Present and past habits

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Present and past habits

  1. 1. Present and Past Habits usually and used to EF Intermediate 5B
  2. 2. Present habits • Usually/normally + present simple I usually get up at 8.00 during the week I don’t normally go out during the week Do you usually walk to work? NOT: I use to get up at 8.00 during the week
  3. 3. Past Habits, Repeated Actions or States in the Past • Past simple (often with frequency adverbs) • Used to (with action and non-action verbs) I lived in France when I was a child I used to live in France when I was a child I had a beard when I was younger I used to have a beard when I was younger
  4. 4. Past Habits, Repeated Actions or States in the Past • Used to doesn’t exist in the present tense I use to wake up early every day (I usually/normally wake up early every day) • Negatives: didn’t use to/never used to He didn’t use/never used to do any exercise, but now he runs marathons • Questions: did … use to…? Did you use to wear a uniform at school?
  5. 5. Past Habits, Repeated Actions or States in the Past not … any more/any longer – to contrast with used to I used to go to the gym every day, but I don’t (go) any longer/more We used to be good friends, but we don’t talk to each other any more/longer
  6. 6. Be used to and get used to • DON’T CONFUSE used to/didn’t use to (do something) with be used to or get used to (doing something) Be used to (+ing) = to be accustomed to I’m used to drinking alcohol every day, so I don’t get drunk easily Get used to (+ing)= to get accustomed to If you ever go to live in England, you’ll have to get used to driving on the left

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