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Blackpool Scene 2 - Language Focus

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

Watch the video and then do the tasks.

Task 1

Language Task

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the words from the top.


Task 2

Language Task 2

Choice the correct words to complete the questions.


Task 3

Language Task 3

Put the following sentences in order of politeness.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


What is the differents between used to and use to? Or there is any role for them? Thanks in advance

Hi Beba Osman,

Good question! The difference is in the form of the sentence. Used to is for an affirmative sentence.

  • I used to play football.

Use to isn't correct by itself. It must be with an auxiliary verb, in a negative sentence or question.

  • I didn't use to play football.
  • Did you use to play football?

Does that make sense? Have a look at this page for some more explanation and examples.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

That was fatastic! thanks.


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,
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,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much

can you help me .pleas