English Lesson: Used to, Still, Anymore

English Lesson: Use to, Still, Anymore

I used to work in the music business. In fact, I had my own company where I used to teach and publish music. That was a lot of fun, although I don’t do it anymore. Of course, I still play the guitar and I still love listening to all kinds of music. I used to go to a lot of concerts when I was younger, and even though I don’t go so often anymore, I still love live music.

When you want to talk about past habits or conditions, you can do so with used to, still, and anymore. Do you know how to use these words? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:

We use used to + present verb to talk about things we did in the past, and situations in the past that no longer exist in the present.

  • I used to work in the music business. I am not in this business now
  • Lori used to live in Brooklyn. She doesn’t live there now.
  • Gasoline used to be $1 per gallon. It is not that price any more.

When you want to emphasize that you are now doing something you usually did in the past, you can use still. Still usually comes before a verb, with one exception: Still comes after the be verb.

  • I still play the guitar and I still love listening to all kinds of music.
  • Jane still lives in Brooklyn.
  • Even though the price of oil has gone down recently, gasoline is still more than $3 per gallon.

When you want to emphasize that you no longer do something you usually did in the past, you can use anymore. Anymore usually comes at the end of the sentence.

  • I don’t go to concerts so often anymore.
  • Lori doesn’t live in Brooklyn anymore.
  • Gasoline is not cheap anymore.

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1968 Ford Mustang Fastback from Happy English

I used to have a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, just like the photo here. It was my first car. I used to drive it everywhere. One of my friends in those days had a 1970 Mustang, and we used to try and race each other.  Now, I drive a Jeep. It’s my first car with a stick shift. I am slowly getting used to driving it now, but when I first got it,  it was hard to get used to driving a shift car. I guess as time goes by I’ll be used to it, but no car will ever be as fun to drive as my ’68 Mustang.

In English, used tohas two meanings and uses, and that is the pont for today’s One-Point English Class. Let’s have a look:

  • I used to drive it everywhere.
  • I used to eat cereal for breakfast everyday.
  • I used to live in Japan.

In these cases, used to refers to a past habit. When I was younger, I ate cereal for breakfast all the time. I dont eat cereal for breakfast anymore, it is not my habit anymore. So, I would say, “I used to eat cereal for breakfast.”

In the above examples, used to describes a past habit. The grammar is used + [V Infinitive]:  

Used to  is also used when we talk about an experience which was once  new, difficult, or strange at first, but not anymore:

  • At first I didn’t like coffee, but now I am used to drinking it.
  • Angelina is from a small town in Colombia, so she is not used to living in a big city.

As in these examples,  the grammar is be used to + [V Gerund]:

You can also follow be used to with a noun:

  • I  have lived on Long Island all my life, but I am not used to the cold winters.
  • I eat Thai food often, so I am used to the spices.

You can also say get used to something:

  • I  have lived on Long Island all my life, and I am slowly getting used to the cold winters.
  • I like Thai food often,  but I can’t get used to the spices.

So, let’s review:

  • I used to drive a car with a stick shift. (This means – I don’t drive that kind of car anymore)
  • I am used to (or got used to) driving a car with a stick shift. (This means – At first, driving such a car was strange, but now it is not strange for me )

Here are a few sentences you can practice on your own. Click the link below for the answers:

  • I got a job as a nurse, and so I need to ________(work) at night.
  • I ________(work) nights when I was a bartender.
  • Living in Manhattan is exciting, but I ________(be) to the noise.
  • My sister ________(live) in Manhattan, but now she ________(live) in LA.
  • I remember when I ________(buy) music in a store, but now I just get it online.
  • I never thought I could rollerblade, but I ________(be) to it.
  • I ________(live)  in Japan, and it took me a while to ________(eat) with chopsticks.
  • I never ________(go) to the gym, but now I go every day.

Here is the answer

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