B1 Used to

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Let’s learn how to use USED TO so we can talk about past situations and habits that are not true any more. You can choose different activities to suit your learning needs.

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I used to be overweight, but I’ve been on a diet. Now I eat healthy food and stay slim.

Used to is a past form. There is no present form. You use used in statements, but negative and in questions you use use.

The grammar is featured in the B1 Preliminary Exam providing you with a better chance of being successful.


  1. Complete the sentences in the Flash Cards.
  2. Choose if the sentences are correct.
  3. Choose the correct word to fit the gap.
  4. Read the story and choose the correct word or phrase to fit the gap.

B1 Used to

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Here are examples of using USED TO.

Expressing a past situation or habit that no longer exists at present.
Form: used to + the simple form of a verb

  • I used to live with my parents. Now I live in my own apartment.
  • Jane used to be afraid of dogs, but now she likes dogs.

Question Form:  did + subject + use to

  • Did you use to live in Singapore?
  • Did you use to be famous?

Negative Form: didn’t use to/never used to

  • I didn’t use to drink coffee at breakfast.
  • I never used to drink tea at breakfast, but now I always have tea in the morning.

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Part 1 - Read five real-world notices, messages and other short texts for the main message.

Part 2 - Match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic, showing detailed comprehension.

Part 3 - Read a longer text for detailed comprehension, gist, inference and global meaning, as well as writer’s attitude and opinion.

Part 4 - Read a longer text from which five sentences have been removed. Show understanding of how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.

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In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A2 Key test.

Part 3 - Gap-Filled Exercise

The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.

Cambridge English Examinations:

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