6. We used to play in the schoolyard
'Used To' Past

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'Used To' Past

'Used To' Past refers to past habits (habits that somebody had in the past, but doesn't have anymore). In Romanian, used to means obișnuia(m) să.

'Used To' Past is identical for all persons.

Affirmative / Interrogative / Negative

Affirmative: Subject + Used To + Verb (1st form) + (...)

I used to climb trees.
You used to climb trees.
He used to climb trees.

Interrogative: Did + Subject + Use To + Verb (1st form) + (...) ?

Did you use to play hide and seek?
Did he use to play hide and seek?
Did we use to play hide and seek?

Negative: Subject + Did Not (Didn't) Use To + Verb (1st form) + (...)

I did not use to tell jokes.
You did not use to tell jokes.
She did not use to tell jokes.

Used To & Would

We can use would instead of used to when we mention how often something used to happen.

I used to play in the schoolyard every day.
I would play in the schoolyard every day.

But it is incorrect to replace used to with would when we mention only the activity.

Correct: I used to play card games.
Incorrect: I would play card games.


Precizăm că putem traduce used to în limba română atât folosind construcția obișnuia(m) să, cât și folosind timpul imperfect.
e.g.: Mă jucam în curtea școlii în fiecare zi.