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What's the negation of “I used to be”? Surely not “I didn't used to be”?

What is the negative form of "I used to be"? I often hear "I didn't used to be" but that sounds awfully wrong in my ears.
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Using 'would' or 'used to' with a time reference in a different sentence

In a test there are such sentences: "When I was little, I shared a bedroom with my sister Catherine. As I was eight years her junior, I obviously (used to go / would go) to bed earlier than her." ...
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Emphatic “do” with “used to” [duplicate]

I did use to live in London. I did used to live in London. Which one is correct? According to the usage of emphatic do with past tense (eg "I lived in London/I did live in London"), did should ...
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“used to + verb” Is it in the past or present? [duplicate]

I have read this sentence recently: "Formal exams are used to assess students at the end of each semester in many countries." What i can't understand is : "are used to assess" does it indicate what ...
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What is the difference between I used to vs I'm used to? [duplicate]

May I know what is the difference between I used to vs I'm used to? I have seen both of these words on various media. So please tell me?
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Is “use to” a phrasal verb?

I know the answer seems pretty obvious, but I looked everywhere I could and found no answer. I found no reliable source clearly stating that “use to” is a phrasal verb. Allow me to explain to you why ...
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Strange ''used to have + object (of subsequent) + p.p'' structure

Here's a passage of Freud: A lady reported that she very often dreamt when she was a child that God wore a paper cocked-hat on his head. What can you make of that without the dreamer’s help? It ...
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Usage 'used to' in Passive Sentence

Is below the sentence correct? Information: Mean of 'used to' shouldn't be 'past habits'. It should be passive sentence. Sentence: This table used to define batch. I want to say : I use the ...
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difference between: I used to smoke. vs I use to smoke [closed]

I am comfused between I used to smoke. and I use to smoke. What is the meaning of both the sentences? Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Actually simple present is also used ...
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How would you ask someone directly if 'something used to be something'?

Let's say the answer is "Yes, X used to be Y". Now, how would you frame a direct question to get this answer? Is it "Did X use to be Y?" That certainly sounds strange: is there any theory to support ...
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The difference between “I used to” and “I'm used to” [closed]

What is the difference between "I used to" and "I'm used to" and when to use them? Here I have read following example: I used to do something: "I used to drink green tea." "I used to drink ...
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Usage of to be + use to + verb (ing) [duplicate]

What's the meaning of "to be use to +verb +ing"? My doubt is if it can be used as the present of "used to" (habit or state in present), if it means to be able to stand an uncorfortable situation, or ...
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“Used to” and reported speech

He said: “You are a very stupid man.” → He said that I was a very stupid man. But when we express the past by using the structure "used to" is the shift rule valid as well? He used to say: “You ...