'used to' and aspect

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'used to' and aspect

Postby googl » Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:14 am

Dear teacher,

'I used to be nice' is correct. Is 'I used to be doing' correct? (continuous?) Or must we use an adjective after 'be'?

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Postby Pearl » Thu Oct 21, 2004 10:59 am

I'm studen but I thing it's correct used to be + verb ing

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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:59 am

[used to be -ing] is certainly a possible construction in English, although it's fairly rare. However, you could use it to say e.g.

I always used to be watching TV when my parents came home, so they thought that I never did any homework!

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