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Eisenwinter
December 17th, 2008, 12:13 AM
I'm curious about this, I always say "used to" - like "I used to work there".

is used to, or use to?

poebae
December 17th, 2008, 12:18 AM
In most cases its "used to", but in when preceded by "did" or "didn't", it's "use to".

Did you use to play football?
He used to play football.

gn2
December 17th, 2008, 12:18 AM
used = past tense
use = present tense

Giant Speck
December 17th, 2008, 12:50 AM
In a normal past tense sentence, the phrase used to is correct.

INCORRECT: We use to live in that house.
CORRECT: We used to live in that house.

However, if the verb to use is preceded by any form of the verb to do, you must change used to to use to.

INCORRECT: We did not used to live in that house.
CORRECT: We did not use to live in that house.

INCORRECT: Did you used to go to that high school?
CORRECT: Did you use to go to that high school?

chris4585
December 17th, 2008, 01:04 AM
I've always wondered this aswell, err I mean I used to wonder this too!

:lolflag:

ajcham
December 17th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I'm curious about this, I always say "used to" - like "I used to work there".

is used to, or use to?

What's happened here? I voted, but since then more poll options have appeared. For the reasons given in poebae's post the answer is 'it depends'. That option wasn't available when I voted so I voted for 'used to' because that was the correct term in the example you gave.

Is there no way to change my vote?

Dr Small
December 17th, 2008, 01:22 AM
It's "used to" as in proper english, but I catch myself pronouncing it like "youst to" with a rather awkward "st" at the end of the word, instead of a "d".

ZuLuuuuuu
December 17th, 2008, 02:15 AM
There is also "to be used to doing something" :D

billgoldberg
December 17th, 2008, 02:21 AM
I'm curious about this, I always say "used to" - like "I used to work there".

is used to, or use to?

Dude, that's basics.

How did you pass your English classes if you don't know what to use?

That is what I use to work on xxx with. Present

I used to play in this park. Past

I don't see how anyone can vote in this poll.

bruce89
December 17th, 2008, 02:24 AM
How did you pass your English classes if you don't know what to use?

They would pass here, schools no longer care for spelling or grammar.

coolbrook
December 17th, 2008, 02:24 AM
edit: wrong context

poebae
December 17th, 2008, 03:21 AM
What's happened here? I voted, but since then more poll options have appeared. For the reasons given in poebae's post the answer is 'it depends'. That option wasn't available when I voted so I voted for 'used to' because that was the correct term in the example you gave.

Is there no way to change my vote?
Exactly the same situation here. I'm not going to lose sleep over it, but the votes are heavily stacked in favour of "used to", which is misleading because the correct answer is "it depends".

vahnaa
December 17th, 2008, 03:49 AM
It surprises me most people say used to, I say use to. I never really noticed I guess.

SomeGuyDude
December 17th, 2008, 05:15 AM
As a guy with an English degree, this thread is driving me bonkers. :lolflag:

gn2
December 17th, 2008, 10:13 AM
~ the votes are heavily stacked in favour of "used to", which is misleading because the correct answer is "it depends".

Not if you read the question that the Eisenwinter posed in the first post it doesn't.

Giant Speck
December 17th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Not if you read the question that the Eisenwinter posed in the first post it doesn't.

I'm still wondering why there even is a "it depends" option. It's one or the other.

Now, if the OP was asking about the general rule, then "it depends" would be the correct response.

PartisanEntity
December 17th, 2008, 10:22 AM
As a guy with an English degree, this thread is driving me bonkers. :lolflag:

I do not have an English degree, but as someone who cares about spelling and grammar, this thread is driving me bonkers too :)

Of course, if the OP speaks English as a second language then I have more understanding.