Use To Or Used To? Can You Pass This Grammar Test?

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Use To Or Used To? Can You Pass This Grammar Test? - Quiz

Some words look the same, while others sound the same. Knowing the difference between these similar words can be very tricky. In this handout we have provided some of the most commonly confused word pairs, with definitions for each and sentences showing them in context. This quiz will test your knowledge of the grammar.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Check the sentence that uses use to / used to correctly.

    • A.

      They didn't used to travel, but now they do all the time.

    • B.

      Ahmed use to eat ice cream after dinner, but now he doesn't.

    • C.

      The teacher didn't use to explain everything, but now he does.

    • D.

      I drink coffee now, but I didn't used to.

    Correct Answer
    C. The teacher didn't use to explain everything, but now he does.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The teacher didn't use to explain everything, but now he does." This sentence uses "use to" correctly to indicate a past habit or behavior that has changed in the present. It shows that the teacher previously did not explain everything, but now he does.

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  • 2. 

    Mohamed and Saif _________________ study before the test, but now they do.

    Correct Answer
    didn't use to
    Explanation
    Mohamed and Saif didn't use to study before the test, but now they do. This implies that in the past, Mohamed and Saif did not have the habit of studying before the test, but currently, they have developed this habit and now study before the test.

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  • 3. 

    This model of car ______________ have bigger trunk space, but now it isn't that big.

    • A.

      Use to

    • B.

      Didn't use to

    • C.

      Didn't used to

    • D.

      Used to

    Correct Answer
    D. Used to
    Explanation
    This model of car used to have a bigger trunk space, but now it isn't that big.

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  • 4. 

    The team practices all the time now, but they __________ practice that often.

    • A.

      Use to

    • B.

      Used to

    • C.

      Didn't used to

    • D.

      Didn't use to

    Correct Answer
    D. Didn't use to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't use to". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and is referring to a habitual action in the past. "Didn't use to" is the correct negative form of the phrase "used to" which is used to describe something that was true or done regularly in the past but is no longer true or done in the present.

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  • 5. 

    The librarian _______________ visit our class, but now she comes once a week.

    • A.

      Didn't use to

    • B.

      Didn't used to

    • C.

      Used to

    • D.

      Use to

    Correct Answer
    A. Didn't use to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't use to." This is because the sentence is in the past tense and is expressing a change in the librarian's behavior. "Didn't use to" is the correct negative form of "used to," indicating that the librarian did not visit the class in the past, but now she does once a week.

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  • 6. 

    I haven't been to Starbucks in a while, but I _____________ go every morning.

    • A.

      Used to

    • B.

      Use to

    • C.

      Didn't used to

    • D.

      Didn't use to

    Correct Answer
    A. Used to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "used to". This is because the phrase "used to" is used to talk about past habits or states that are no longer true. In this sentence, the speaker is saying that they had a habit of going to Starbucks every morning in the past, but they haven't been doing it recently.

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  • 7. 

    Check the box of the sentences that are incorrect.

    • A.

      You use to come by once a week, but now I don't see you much.

    • B.

      I used to have a healthy diet, but now I seem to eat anything I want.

    • C.

      Jerry and Kramer didn't used to talk, but now they are friends.

    • D.

      This house didn't use to have a tree in front, but it does now.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. You use to come by once a week, but now I don't see you much.
    C. Jerry and Kramer didn't used to talk, but now they are friends.
    Explanation
    The sentence "Jerry and Kramer didn't used to talk, but now they are friends" is incorrect. The correct form should be "Jerry and Kramer didn't use to talk, but now they are friends."

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  • 8. 

    I used to ____________ on friday mornings, but now I have started jogging.

    • A.

      Swimming

    • B.

      To swim

    • C.

      Swim

    • D.

      Swam

    Correct Answer
    C. Swim
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "swim" because the sentence is in the past tense and "used to" indicates a habitual action in the past. Therefore, the correct form of the verb should be the base form "swim" rather than "swimming," "to swim," or "swam."

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  • 9. 

    They _______________ go out for coffee all the time, but now they don't.

    • A.

      Use to

    • B.

      Didn't use to

    • C.

      Didn't used to

    • D.

      Used to

    Correct Answer
    D. Used to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "used to." This is because "used to" is the correct phrase to indicate a past habit or regular action that no longer happens. In this sentence, it implies that the people mentioned in the sentence used to go out for coffee frequently in the past, but they do not do so anymore.

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  • 10. 

    Mr. Robinson didn't use to __________ take the bus, but now he takes it everyday.

    • A.

      Take

    • B.

      Takes

    • C.

      Took

    • D.

      Taking

    Correct Answer
    A. Take
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "take" because it matches the verb form used in the first part of the sentence ("didn't use to"). This indicates a past habit or behavior that has changed. The use of "takes" would be incorrect because it does not match the past tense form required. "Took" is also incorrect because it is the simple past tense form, which does not convey the idea of a previous habit. "Taking" is incorrect because it is the present participle form, which does not match the past tense context of the sentence.

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