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Would, Used To, Be Used To

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to use would and used to to talk about the past. You are also going to learn that used to is very different from be used to, and you are going to learn how to use be used to.

In the first lesson of this unit, you heard a lecture that compared the way things were in the past with the way things will be in the future. You learned that there used to be a lot of working people to support each retired person. Now, however, things are changing. In the future, there won’t be many working people to support each retired person.

In the second lesson of this unit, you heard Verna and Alphonse talking about their past. You learned that they used to have a good time going out to the theatre together and that they would sit with their arms around each other. Now, however, things have changed between Verna and Alphonse. They stopped going out to the theatre together a long time ago. They stopped putting their arms around each other. Now, they are not used to spending time together and paying attention to each other.