Used to


  • David used to live in Madrid.
  • She used to exercise every morning, but since she had that terrible accident she doesn't exercise anymore.
  • Why don't you come and see me like you used to?

Getting used to

I am getting used to that label, even though the color green does not suit me very well.

I am now getting used to drinking it again", indicated the surprised athlete.

I am slowly getting used to our mission here.

I am really getting used to the bike now.


Used to express desire, preference, choice, or consent:

  • I will take this duty.
  • Will you stop talking like that?

Used to express the future:

  • It will rain tomorrow.
  • The news will spread soon.


Would (past form of will)Often used in auxiliary functions with rather to express preference:

  • I would rather go shopping today.
  • We’d rather say something than stay quiet.

Used to express a wish or desire:

  • I would like to have one more pencil.


  • You shall abide by the law.
  • There shall be no trespassing on this property.
  • Students shall not enter this room.

Should (past form of shall)

Often used in auxiliary functions to express an opinion, suggestion, preference, or idea:

  • You should rest at home today.
  • I should take a bus this time.
  • He should be more thoughtful in the decision-making process.


Describes an ability that someone had in the past:

  • I could swim when I was young.
  • You could see the boat sinking.
  • They could tell he was nervous.


Used to suggest a smaller possibility than may does (actually, might is more common than may in American English):

  • He might have finished it.
  • I might go see a doctor.
  • I might not come this time.
  • It might be right.
  • You might have lost it.
  • The store might have been closed today.

Simple Fact

You can make a human being, a real living person, completely by accident.

The word "crisp" starts at the back of your mouth, and ends at the front.

Everything you see is delayed.

Attitude about someone else's habit

Look for the beginning in every ending

He wakes up early every day.

They go to the gym at 6pm.

Someone's typical behavior

They have different personalities.

One person, may be sensitive, another talkative, or shy.

She gets angry with anything.

He really loves to get along with people

Past with used to + infinitive

  • I used to play soccer everyday, and I enjoyed a lot.
  • She used to be a long distance runner when she was younger.
  • He used to eat meat but I became a vegetarian 5 years ago.

Modals with certain or possible

It’s ten o’clock. They might have arrived now.

They could have arrived hours ago.

They might come later.

They may come by car.

Have + Past Participle

I have done it.

I have heard that before.

I have driven a car.

I have forgotten that words.

I have read that book.

I have seen you before.


There are two reasons.Firstly I have no evidence whatever that the original document has been destroyed.

Firstly, food court locations and secondly, stand alone units.

Firstly, people do n't bother to vote in the first place.


Finally, there have been numerous women altogether outside the profession, who were reformers dedicated to creating alternatives.

He was 72 when the abolition act was finally passed.

Finally, a brief note on the appalling tragedy of September 11.


What I was told basically corroborated what I had read.

He 's basically a brother, but I really idolize him.

Another thing

As far as

As far as I can see, there's nobody.


I suppose that 's what draws people into keeping exotic animals.

I suppose I should explain what a cask breather is.

I suppose I should clarify what the term means to me.


Anyway your own party is not exactly blameless on this.

Anyway, they finished 35th, so congrats to them for completing it.

Anyway, on this last day of the season Peterstone was all abuzz.

Metaphors and idioms with:

• Hands

  • Literally: Let me give you a hand.
  • Figuratively: (Hand means help.)

• Heart

  • His heart is a cold iron.

• Legs

  • The cast on his broken leg was a plaster shackle.

• Head

Head in the sand.
Literally = Having your head buried in the sand.

Figuratively = Not noticing what is going on around you.

Synonyms of:


burden, interest, matter


call, characterize, chronicle


abhor, despise, detest, hate


associate, chum, companion


adverse, doomed, poor

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