Rob talks about using the expression 'used to' to talk about the past.

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Put the following sentences in order of politeness.

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Hi The Learn English Team,
As the video says that "used to" tells us about the past and it happened more than once, so if the action happened only once in the past, I wonder if I can use "used to", i.e. I used to go there once, I used to eat it once but I didn't like it.?
Thank you!

Hello DeNui,

No, 'used to' is not used to speak about actions that happen only once. Instead I would recommend the past simple instead: 'I went there once' or 'I tried it once but didn't like it'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hallo The learnEnglishTeam,

I have a question about ' used to '.

In this video we have learnt that we use' used to' to show something happened more than once time. But I think that the first question in 'The task 2 of the Blackpool scene 2' has three correct answers.

The question and answers are:

How often did Ashlie and Stephen visit Blackpool when they were children?
More than twice , More than five times , Every year.

I think that all of them are correct. Because all of them are more than once.
Do I think right or not?

Thank you very much.

Hello Feratak,

I agree with you that the correct answer is not entirely clear. We use 'used to' to describe typical or normal activities, which would suggest that Ashlie and Stephen's visits to Blackpool were regular events. However, they could visit every year and 'more than five' and 'more than two' would still be correct!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much

can you help me .pleas

Hello maleksadeghi230,

We're happy to try to help you with our materials. We only ask that you ask us specific questions about specific sentences. On a page with video like this one, if you don't understand a sentence, you can refer to the time code (e.g. 1:05-1:10).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I have a doubt, for example, when using used or use, look in English very prepositions, for me very difficult, I'm sorry...

Hello Claudinéia Miranda Silva,

Do you mean prepositions such as on, in, at, towards etc?

Or do you mean different forms of the verb such as used, using, use etc?

We'll be happy to help if you have any specific questions, and you can also use the search facility to look up particular words or phrases.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

HI LearnEnglish Team
I am a little bit confused about the use of use to or used to.
Could you explan me?
thank you in advance

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