Learn English – the question form of “used to do”


What is the correct way to convert "used to do" into a question? Since I want to emphasize that the action is not on-going any more, so simple past tense is not a good idea here. Could I say "do xxx use to do" or "did xxx use to do"? Both sound weird to me.

If there is no way to do it. Do you suggest any other alternatives?

Best Answer

Well, most of your doubts would be retracted after reading up http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_used-to-do.htm

I would like to summarize the main points from the webpage.

1) We use the used to do expression to talk about: - an activity that we did regularly in the past (like a habit) - a situation that was true in the past

For example,

He used to watch a lot of TV.

They used to be married.

2) Used or use? - when there is did in the sentence, we say use to (without d) - when there is no did in the sentence, we say used to (with d)

For example,

Did you use to smoke?

I didn't use to go swimming.

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