I used to work in the music business. In fact, I had my own company where I used to teach and publish music. That was a lot of fun, although I don’t do it anymore. Of course, I still play the guitar and I still love listening to all kinds of music. I used to go to a lot of concerts when I was younger, and even though I don’t go so often anymore, I still love live music.
When you want to talk about past habits or conditions, you can do so with used to, still, and anymore. Do you know how to use these words? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:
We use used to + present verb to talk about things we did in the past, and situations in the past that no longer exist in the present.
- I used to work in the music business. I am not in this business now
- Lori used to live in Brooklyn. She doesn’t live there now.
- Gasoline used to be $1 per gallon. It is not that price any more.
When you want to emphasize that you are now doing something you usually did in the past, you can use still. Still usually comes before a verb, with one exception: Still comes after the be verb.
- I still play the guitar and I still love listening to all kinds of music.
- Jane still lives in Brooklyn.
- Even though the price of oil has gone down recently, gasoline is still more than $3 per gallon.
When you want to emphasize that you no longer do something you usually did in the past, you can use anymore. Anymore usually comes at the end of the sentence.
- I don’t go to concerts so often anymore.
- Lori doesn’t live in Brooklyn anymore.
- Gasoline is not cheap anymore.
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