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Level 7 (CEFR B1)

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  1. Lesson 1 | Is he the One?
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  2. Lesson 2 | I Love Shepherd's Pie
    7 Temas
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    2 Cuestionarios
  3. Lesson 3 | What are you going to do?
    7 Temas
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    6 Cuestionarios
  4. Lesson 4 | You have been working too much
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  5. Lesson 5 | Eating Out
    5 Temas
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    2 Cuestionarios
  6. Lesson 6 | Job search
    7 Temas
  7. Lesson 7 | Consumer society
    7 Temas
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    6 Cuestionarios
  8. Lesson 8 | ARTICLES
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  9. Lesson 9 | Obligations, suggestions, and prohibitions
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  10. Lesson 10 | Money
    5 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  11. Lesson 11 | Ability and Possibility
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  12. Lesson 12 | EVERYONE WAS BORED!
    7 Temas
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    5 Cuestionarios
  13. Lesson 13 | Old Me, New Me
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  14. Lesson 14 | He had rehearsed it all…
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  15. Lesson 15 | Let’s Get Sporty!
    6 Temas
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    5 Cuestionarios
  16. Lesson 16 | Narrative - A family trip
    5 Temas
Lección 13, Tema 3
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Lesson 13 – Step 3 – Past and present habits

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Goal

It is time to learn to distinguish between past and present habits and to use state verbs.

You can watch the video or go straight to the written explanation. You decide! Once you’ve finished, you can move to step 4.


Language Discovery

Look at the words in blue in the text on step 1. What do they have in common?

  1.  They are describing past habits and states
  2.  The structure is used to+ infinitive or past simple

Look at the words in green in the text on step 1. What do they have in common?

  1.  They are present habits 
  2.  They are in Present simple 

General notions

To talk about habits and states in the present we use the present simple, and in the past we use used to.

PAST HABITS AND STATES

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I used to eat a lot of potato chips

I didn’t use to eat a lot of potato chips

Did I use to eat a lot of potato chips?

We use used to/didn’t use to + infinitive

  • for things we used to do in the past but that we don’t do any more.
  • used to doesn’t exist in present tense → We use to think 
  • Never used to is often used rather than didn’t use to

We can also use the past simple for past habits and states.

Used to or past simple?

We can use used to or the past simple for repeated actions or states and the meaning is the same:

I used to like carrots as a child. I liked carrots as a child.

I used to play a lot of video games with my friends. I usually played a lot of video games with my friends.

But we have to use the past simple when:

  • we mention exact dates or number of times

I studied English for 5 years.

  • the action happened only once

I played video games on Saturday.

PRESENT HABITS AND STATES

  • We use present simple to discuss present habits and state, often with adverbs of frequency.
  • We often use not… any more or not… any longer + present simple to contrast with past habits.

I used to go running twice a week, but not any more.

Conclusion

Ready? Terrific! Let’s move on to step 4 to practise what you’ve learnt in this step.