Used to

Questions about things which were true over a period of time in the past.

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  1. Did your mother or father use to read to you when you were very young?
  2. What did you use to watch on television when you were in your early teens?
  3. Did you use to eat too many sweets during childhood?
  4. What did you use to eat for breakfast as a teenager?
  5. Did you use to go on foreign holidays a child? Where did you use to go?
  6. What time did you use to go to bed as a child?
  7. Did you use to be a good student at school?
  8. What subjects did you use to like studying at school?
  9. Who used to be your favourite teacher at school?
  10. Did you use to do all your homework on time at school??
  11. Did you use to have a pet when you were younger?
  12. What did you use to like doing in your spare time as a child?
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How to use the used to ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the used to ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the used to discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the used to discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of used to in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to used to contained in the discussion questions.

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