past habits and states which are no longer true

Today in class we dealt with used to/would Grammar to begin with. We went on with Lesson 7.2 (Unit 7) exercises, and did some extra exercises.

Grammar: used to and would

Active Grammar

1 Use [used to + verb] and [would + verb] to talk about __repeated actions__ in the past which don’t happen now.

a) We __used to/would__ throw paper at him. (action)
b) She __used to/would__ play us Mozart. (action)

2 Only use __used to__ to talk about states in the past.

c) We __didn’t use to__ like her lessons at all. (state)

NOT: We wouldn’t like her lessons at all.

3 __Would__ is usually contracted to ‘d in spoken English.

d) We’d learn about the stars.

After this Grammar exercise we did two more exercises (p. 95, 11-12 Students’ Book):

11 Read the text and circle the correct form.

Going to school

I didn’t (1) [used to/(__use to__)/did] like the journey to school. I (2) [wouldn’t/would to/(__would__ )] go by bus, but I was afraid of the other children. They were bigger than me, and they (3) [(__used to__)/wouldn’t to/would to] shout at me. I always sat at the back of the bus, even though it (4) [would be/(__used to be__)/used be] the hottest place, and I (5) [wouldn’t/(__didn’t use to__)/would] hope that no-one could see me. It’s funny to think that those boys were probably only eight years old, but I (6) [would be/(__used to be__)/used be] so frightened.

12 Complete the sentences using use(d) to and a suitable verb from the box.

live – not watch – be – like – not behave – do – not go – eat

1 Did your life __use to be__ very different when you were a child? How?

2 I __used to like__ playing outside with my friends.

3 I __didn’t use to watch__ TV in the evenings.

4 We __used to live__ in the countryside, but now I live in Vienna.

5 My family __didn’t use to go__ to the seaside at the weekend.

6 Did you __use to eat__ ice cream every day?

7 My best friend at school was called Sam. We always __used to do__ our homework together.

8 I __didn’t use to behave__ very well at school.


1 comentario en “past habits and states which are no longer true

  1. We did also Vocabulary | teachers exercises 6 and 7 (p. 94Student’s Book Total English Longman):

    6 Check you understand the meaning of the words/phrases in the (following) box. Are they the qualities of a good or bad teacher?


    Things a teacher does: loses his/her temper, shouts, smiles, talks slowly, ask difficult questions, punishes students who behave badly, gives clear answers to your questions.

    Things a teacher is: patient, boring, knowledgeable, understanding, inspiring, frightening, open-minded


    I think that a good teacher never loses his/her temper and does no shout at puplis. But a good teacher smiles, talks slowly when explaining things, punishes students who behave badly and gives clear answers to this/her pupil’s questions.

    A good teacher is patient, knowledgeable, undersatnding, inspiring and open-minded. A bad teacher is boring and/or frightening.

    7 Choose the correct alternative.

    1 Her classes were so open-minded/boring/inspiring that everyone fell asleep.

    2 Our teacher is very calm. She never talks slowly/behaves badly/loses her temper.

    3 My teacher is very patient/knowledgeable/frightening. He explains things many times.

    4 THe students know everything about the topic. They are extremely patient/knowledgeable/open-minded.

    5 If we do stupid things, our teacher shouts/smiles at/punishes us.

    6 When students have problems, our teacher helps them. He is very boring/understanding/open-minded.

    7 Our teacher gets angry if we shout/do our homework/arrive on time.

    8 My French teacher was really inspiring/boring/frightening. All the students wanted to speak French fluently.


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