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Didn't use/did use to not didn't used to/did used to

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Abraid2 Sat 02-Apr-16 16:54:27

I didn't use to swim

I did use to swim


I didn't used to swim

I did used to swim.

You wouldn't say :

I did finished cakes, or
I didn't made that.

Would you?! hmm

When you are using an auxiliary verb you follow with an infinitive.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 04-Apr-16 15:57:48

"When you are using an auxiliary verb you follow with an infinitive."

Unless you are forming the present continuous, passive, present perfect, past perfect, past continuous etc etc. wink

You wouldn't find many examples of "I did use to..." either, unless the "did" is emphatic stress.

Abraid2 Tue 05-Apr-16 12:28:40

It is often used as emphasis, yes.

Take point about change of tense

doubleclaptrap Tue 05-Apr-16 12:31:31


Abraid2 Tue 05-Apr-16 15:49:48

If you are being extremely proper, but willing to sound a little dated.

Floggingmolly Tue 05-Apr-16 15:52:55

I'd say "I usen't to" but then I'm Irish...

Abraid2 Tue 05-Apr-16 16:45:43

I love usen't to. Elegant,

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