Grammar Tip – Use To Versus Used To

Teri’s question: “Here is something I would like clarified: Is the proper phrase “use to” or “used to” as in “I ______ to enjoy snow.”

BizWritingTip response: “Used to” is employed when making a statement about repeated activities or thoughts that are now finished.

Examples

I used to love golfing in hot weather. Now I prefer it cooler.
I used to drive to work. Now I take the train

However, when you are asking a question about a repeated activity in the past, you should employ use to – without the “d.”

Examples

Did you use to enjoy snow?
Didn’t you use to love golfing in hot weather?

Therefore, it is correct to say “I used to enjoy snow.” But now I don’t. And winter will be here soon.

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