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Sunday, June 1, 2014

'Used To' as an Auxiliary Verb




In the recent posts we came across several "Universal Auxiliaries". Now in this post we would learn more about universal auxiliaries. In this post we would learn some of the four special auxiliaries which are "used to, keep, kept, and going to".
1. USED TO:
The conditions for the auxiliary "used to" is 
a. to talk about a regular habit of present time.
b. to talk about a past regular habit discontinued some time in the past.
c. to express future expectations.

Used To Grammar Exercises
Some of the rules are 1. In the present tense the auxiliaries "AM USED TO, IS USED TO, ARE USED TO" are used where in the verb form no other verb but a noun must follow. 2. In the past tense the auxiliaries "WAS USED TO, WERE USED TO" are used where in the verb form no other verb but a noun must follow. 3. In the simple past tense the auxiliaries "DID,........ USE TO" are used where in the verb form present form verb is used. In combination with three particular verbs, "get, be and become", we can use this universal auxiliary in future, present perfect, past perfect and future in the past tenses.

1. For the future tense the auxiliaries "will get used to, will become used to, will be used to" are used whenever the verb form get, become or be in present form. 2. For the present perfect tense, the auxiliaries "have/has got used to, have/has become used to, have/has been used to" is used whenever the present perfect form of get, become and be. 3. For the past perfect tense the auxiliaries, "had got used to, had become used to, had been used to" are used whenever the present perfect form of get, become and be are used. 4. For future in the past tense, the auxiliaries "would have got used to, would have become used to, would have been used to" are used whenever the present perfect form of get, become and be are used.  

Present tense with Auxiliary Verb:
1. Are you used to drugs?
A. I am used to drugs.
B. I am not used to drugs.

2. Is Rahim used to smoking?
A. Rahim is used to smoking.
B. Rahim is not used to smoking.

In the next post we would learn some more examples.

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