Act. One (p.18)
The aim of this activity is to make the students consolidate the use of the semi-modal used to (in contrast with the present simple tense).
a- Samira doesn’t like reading now, but she used to read a lot.
b- Where did she use to live ?
c- there used to be
d- didn’t use to wear
e- did she use to work in one before?
The aim of this activity is to make the students aware that the letter “d” in the semi-modal used to is pronounced /t/ because of the phonological phenomenon known as assimilation. In other words the voiced /d/ sound of used assimilates itself to the /t/sound of to of the semi-modal used to..
The aim here is to make the students edit the wrong uses of tenses.
a-In ancient times, most people used to worship stones.
b-We used to go for long walks in the country when my father
c-We usually eat out for dinner.
d-I used to go to school by bicycle, but I don’t do it any longer.
e-In England, most people often go to the theatre at weekends.
The students will use either the semi-modal used to or the present simple tense with the verbs between brackets.
All the members of my family have changed their lifestyles of late. My grandfather used to drink coffee. Now he drinks milk. My father didn’t used to jog. Now he runs more than three kilometres every afternoon. My mother used to cook food for every meal because she could not eat leftovers and processed food. Now, she often sends me to buy pizzas whenever she feels she can’t prepare dinner.
My brothers used to go to bed early. These days, they stay up late with the other members of the family watching films on TV. They didn’t use to play video games. Now they are addicted to them. Even I haven’t escaped the change. I used to read books... ( The students can write a continuation to the text