You might be wondering what the difference is between ‘use to’ and ‘used to’ and how to use them both in a sentence. We’ll cover that in this article in detail, plus teach you how to pronounce the phrases.
The short answer is that:
Because of this, you should not use these terms interchangeably, as they mean different things.
So, which one should you use? Well, that depends.
If you’re referring to something you frequently did in the past, use ‘use to.’
When you’re referring to something familiar or routine, use ‘used to.’
We’ll provide more examples of how to use the phrases in a sentence below.
So, what’s the difference between these two words?
The version without the 'd' refers to something you did frequently in the past.
The other version of the phrase refers to something familiar or routine.
These words sound similar but mean different things. However, that doesn't mean they're homophones.
According to Merriam-Webster, ‘use to’ is an idiom that describes something that existed or repeatedly happened in the past but doesn’t exist or happen now.
The same dictionary defines ‘used to’ as familiar with something so that it seems normal.
Wondering how to pronounce these phrases? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know what both phrases mean and how to pronounce them let’s look at a few more examples of how to use them in a sentence.
Now, let’s look at some examples of how to use ‘used to’ in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that these phrases don’t mean the same thing, despite sounding very similar. Therefore, they should not be used interchangeably.
If you ever get stuck on usage or meaning, you can always come back for a quick refresher. We’ve also got a ton of other content dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases in the English language. Go check it out.
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