I wonder how an American pronounces…
1. simple past tense verb
2. emphasizes that something done
repeatedly in the past is finished.
Years ago, we used to have black rotary dial phones.
Now we all use cell phones.
We write the d but we don’t pronounce it.
As a result, both forms are pronounced the same.
What color hair did she use to have?
She used to have blond hair, but not any more.
She didn’t use to be a redhead, but she is now.
I used to enjoy reading a lot,
but with little children in the house,
I just don’t have time for it.
I didn’t use to like gardening,
but we bought a house in the country.
Look at my flowers now.
Where did you use to live before moving here?
Didn’t you use to live in Indiana?
What did you used to do
before you became a dog walker?
I used to work in a store
I used to be afraid of speaking in public,
but not any more.
Didn’t you use to work at the Easton Bakery?
Yes, I did,…years ago.
Garfield, the cat, says he used to exercise.
I don’t believe him. Do you?
I’m a teacher now, but I used to be a librarian.
I don’t play baseball any more, but I used to.
I swim a lot now, but I didn’t use to.
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Part 1 of a 5-part series.