miércoles, 25 de febrero de 2015

BACK IN THE DAY - PAST HABITS IN ENGLISH


In English, when we talk about things that happened in the past but don’t happen anymore we can do it in different ways.
  
Used to + infinitive
We use 'used to' + the infinitive for past states and repeated actions in the past. Keep in mind that we can only use this form for things that are no longer true.

*I used to live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet. (past state)
*I used to go camping in France every summer when I was little. (repeated action)

Would
We use would when we talk about repetitive actions in the past. Be careful, we can only use 'used to' when we talk about past states.

*My teacher would always tell me to be quiet. 
*I would live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.     -> I used to live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.

Past Simple
We can use the Past Simple in the same way as 'used to' & 'would'. Remember, when something happened only once, we can only use the Past Simple.

*I lived in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.
*I went camping in France every summer when I was little.
*My teacher always told me to be quiet.
* I used to meet Johnny Depp. I would meet Johnny Depp ---> I met Johnny Depp (once).

Practice
The story below is about one of the teachers at That's Cool. Write down the examples of the structures used to talk about past habits (there's five in total) and decide if you can use any of the other structures as well.

 


''I used to live in Amsterdam. I worked for a publisher. I would go to the office on my bike. I used to go out with my friends every weekend. One night, we went to a concert of my favorite band. It was amazing!''

Answer key
1. used to live OR lived
2. worked OR used to work
3. would go (to the office) OR used to go OR went
4. used to go out OR went out OR would go out
5. went (no alternatives) 

Cheers,
Kirsten

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