Used to-idiom

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Definition

(Bruno) used to (smoke): (Bruno smoked) when he was younger; (Bruno) was a (smoker) in the past, he is not anymore
modal auxiliary
There used to be a pub here, but now it is a coffee shop.
How did Bob use to look in the seventies? Was he always bald? And did he ever not have that mustache?

I used to (have hair): I (had hair) when I was younger, in the past
modal auxiliary

Examples

  • "Bruno : Madam, my family used to own this house 40 years ago."
  • "Philip : I used to love that show!"
  • "I'm used to hearing figures like '30,000' from small clients."
  • "Icarus : Well, the pension procedure here in the US is quite different from what you're used to in Europe."
  • "British visitors to the US are used to the strange sensation of seeing bargains all around."
  • "I would like to share with you a traditional French song that my mother used to sing to me to make me sleep."
  • "I'm good in a crisis, after all I used to work the suicide hotline."
  • "He used to work with the British government, and I'm very happy to have him working with us."
  • "Doris used to be an excellent worker: punctual, efficient and a talented maker of coffee PERIOD."
  • "Bruno : Ma'am, my family used to own this house 40 years ago."

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