Used to - Past Tense
Man: Do you play sports?
Woman: I used to play sports in high school.
Man: Yeah, I used to play sports too.
Woman: Why did you stop?
Man: No time I guess.
Woman: Yeah, I used to have so much free time.
Man: Me too! I miss those days.
Man: Do you speak French?
Woman: I speak it a little. I used to use it all the time, but not anymore.
Man: Really, why is that?
Woman: Well, I used to work for a French company, and then I changed jobs.
Man: Oh, really. I didn’t know that.
Woman: Yeah, it was a lot of fun.
Man: Are you coming to the party?
Woman: No, I have to work.
Man: Work! What happened? You used to never miss a party!
Woman: True, but I also didn’t use to have a stressful job.
Man: Yeah, and you used to be poor -- but you were fun!
Woman: Yep! I used to be fun! (Sigh!)
Man: Hey, you used to have a Spanish coworker, right?
Woman: Yeah, Maria, but she moved.
Man: Really! that’s too bad.
Woman: Yeah, I really miss working with her.
Man: Yeah, I liked her a lot. She used to always make me laugh.
Woman: I know. We used to have such fun together.
Used to + base verb
Use the modal used to when talking about past events that no longer occur.
(Q) Do you play golf?
(A) I used to play but not anymore. I don't have time.
(Q) Do you play any instruments?
(A) Not really. I used to play the guitar but not anymore.
(Q) Do you cook much?
(A) Not anymore. I used to though.
(Q) Do you see your friend from school?
(A) Not really. We used to meet once a week but now we are too busy with life.
(Q) Do you study French?
(A) I used to but I gave up.
(Q) Do you you and your family travel much?
(A) We used to but now we don't have time.
Grammar Listening Practice
I do cook a lot.
Let me show you what to do.
I used to play sports in high school.
Well, we would be loud or naughty.
Well, you should go home them.