English Lesson: Used to, Still, Anymore

Michael Uncategorized 2 Comments

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 …

One-Point English Lesson: Used To

Michael Grammar 4 Comments

I used to have a 1968 Ford Mustang. It was my first car. I used to drive it everywhere. One of my friends in those days had a 1970 Mustang, and we used to try and race each other.  Now, I drive a Jeep. It’s my first car with a stick shift. I am slowly getting used to driving it now, but when I first got it,  it was hard to get used to driving a shift car. I guess as time goes by I’ll be used to it, but no car will ever be as fun to drive as my ’68 Mustang. In English, used tohas two meanings and uses, and that is the pont for today’s One-Point English Class. Let’s have a look: I used to drive it everywhere. I used to eat cereal for breakfast everyday. I used to live in Japan. In these cases, used to refers to a past habit. When I was younger, I ate cereal for breakfast all the time. I dont eat cereal for breakfast anymore, it is not my habit anymore. So, I would say, “I used to eat cereal for breakfast.” In the above examples, used to describes a past habit. The grammar is used + [V Infinitive]: …