“Hotline Bling” by Drake and Practicing “Used to” in English

Posted on Oct 21 2015 - 11:00am by PopESL

We say “used to” for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens or for something that was true but no longer is.

For example, “We used to date but now we never talk.”

Notice it ends with an “ed” as in the past. It can also be a question.

The question form is ‘Did/use to…?’.

For example, “Did he use to play tennis?”

Keep in mind “used to” is different than “to be used to.”  That describes something you are accustomed to or don’t mind.

For example, “I am used to her silly behavior.”

Now, think about Drakes new song, “Hotline Bling.” He says:

“You used to call me on my, you used to, you used to
You used to call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love”


Used to always stay at home, be a good girl
You was in the zone
You should just be yourself
Right now, you’re someone else.”

He’s talking about a girl that used to call him in the past and behave differently. Something that was common now does not happen. Do you know someone like that?

Practice using “used to” in these sentence below.  Use the subject and activity and rewrite the sentence with “used to” or “use to.” Good luck!

I/work at McDonalds.
She/have shorter hair.
We/be best friends.
Did she/know him well?
My mom/live in Columbia.
Did you/study English?
Didn't you/work out?
My best friend and I/talk daily.
My family and I/visit my cousins every summer.
Did we/have the same teacher?

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