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There's a line in Alice in Wonderland:

I can't remember things as I used—and I don't keep the same size for ten minutes together!

I wonder why the 'to' has been omitted from the verb 'used to'. Shouldn't the line read "I can't remember things as I used to—and I don't keep the same size for ten minutes together!"?

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    It should be "used to" in modern English usage. Alice in Wonderland was written in 1865, and they spoke slightly differently back then. Jan 8, 2014 at 14:56
  • @PeterShor One does still hear people use the Lewis Carroll version, at least that's the case in Britain. It was far more common when I was a child in the late forties/early fifties.
    – WS2
    Jan 8, 2014 at 15:25

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The normal contemporary use is "I can't remember things as I used to". I've not heard the Alice in Wonderland usage outside of the book.

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  • Perhaps Alice just forgot to add the to. Jan 8, 2014 at 22:20
  • Or the em dash is actually her abruptly cutting herself off.
    – nxx
    Jan 9, 2014 at 23:00

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