What is it the difference between 'used to' and 'use to' in English? Very simply, 'used to' is for saying something you did in the past regularly but now no longer do. For example, I used to go swimming on Fridays. 'Use to' is for questions with the negative 'didn't'. For example, I didn't use to like asparagus. Interestingly the pronunciation is the same for both forms.
Examples with used to:
- I used to drink a lot of tea but now I prefer coffee.
- Karl used to play football at school.
- We used to go to the mountains every weekend when I was a child.
- Jane used to live in York.
Examples with use to:
- Did you use to work in London?
- I didn't use to like sausage rolls.
- Lindsay didn't use to draw but now she does.
- We didn't use to live like this.
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- I use to be vegetarian, but now I eat a little meat.
Incorrect. ~ used to
- Didn't Karl used to smoke a lot?
Incorrect. ~ use to
- Kate used to hate cauliflower.