English Grammar Exercises for B1- used to

1. Complete the sentences with the affirmative, negative or interrogative form of used to and the verbs in the box.

be     like     play     read     share     walk     wear


1) I ____________ to school, but now I ride bike.

2) We’ve got a bedroom each in our new house. We ____________ a room in our old house.

3) Our team ____________ very well, but now we’re top of the league!

4) _______ your parents ____________ you a bedtime story when you were younger?

5) I ____________ history, but now I love it.

6) _______ Rupert ____________ your best friend?

7) I ____________ glasses, but now I can’t see without them.

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1) used to walk

2) used to share

3) didn’t use to play

4) Did, use to read

5) didn’t use to like

6) Did, use to be

7) didn’t use to wear

2. Some of the sentences are incorrect. Rewrite them correctly if necessary.

1) I use to enjoy watching cartoons.

 ________.

2) Did you used to wear glasses?

 ________.

3) They didn’t use to do any homework.

 ________.

4) He uses to have a motorbike.

 ________.

5) We used to play football in the park.

 ________.

6) I didn’t used to have a computer.

     ________.

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1) I used to enjoy watching cartoons.

2) Did you use to wear glasses?

3)

4) He used to have a motorbike.

5)

6) I didn’t use to have a computer.

3. Rewrite these past simple sentences with the correct from of used to.

1) They got the bus to school.

They used to get the bus to school.

2) Did she have long hair?

________.?

3) We lived in an apartment.

________.

4) I didn’t do any exercise.

________.

5) Were you very shy?

________.?

6) We didn’t go on holiday.

     ________.

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2) Did she use to have long hair?

3) We used to live in an apartment.

4) I didn’t use to do any exercise.

5) Did you use to be very shy?

6) We didn’t use to go on holiday.

4. Read the text. Choose the correct answers.

Until last month, parents had a farm so I 1) ____ __ living in the country. Now we live in the city and I 2) ____ __ the noise. There 3) ____ __ be so many cars in our village and I can’t 4) ____ __ all the traffic. I feel a bit nervous when I’m in the city centre because I 5) ____ __ seeing so many people I don’t know. There are always lots of people, so I hope I’ll 6) ____ __ the crowds soon. In the country we 7) ____ __ have a vegetable garden so we always had fresh vegetables. mum 8) ____ __ shopping in a supermarket, and she hates it!

1)  a get used to

2)  a didn’t use to

3)  a didn’t use to

4)  a get used to

5)  a didn’t use to

6)  a ‘m used to

7)  a used to

8)  a didn’t use to

b ‘m used to

b ‘m used to

b ‘s used to

b be used to

b ‘m not used to

b get used to

b ‘re used to

b get used to

c ‘m not used to

c ‘m not used to

c isn’t used to

c used to

c isn’t used to

c ‘m not used to

c isn’t used to

c isn’t used to

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1) b   2) c   3) a   4) a   5) b   6) b   7) a   8) c

5. Complete the sentences with used to or the correct form of be used to.

1) Jenny didn’t like her new haircut at first, but now she ____________ it.

2) I ____________ be quite fat, but I lost a lot of weight last year.

3) Rob’s an important businessman. He ____________ wearing suits every day.

4) We lived in Kenya for six years so we ____________ cold weather.

5) You haven’t rung me for ages. You ____________ call me every day!

6) I ____________ answering the phone because I’m a receptionist.

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1) ’s / is used to   2) used to   3) ’s / is used to

4) aren’t used to   5) used to   6) ’m / am used to

Challenge!

Find out about what is used to be like in your town 50 years ago. Write five sentences.

________.

________.

________.

________.

________.

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