Good Sunday morning, isn’t is?
This is it… My chronic ailment, I mean…
(No, no… not dying but just using ‘used to’ )
To me, used + to + verb requires two things on the timescale - to be used correctly:
(1) the same object (let it be general, like ‘people’ from the Alan’s example…)
(2) action, the verb refers to, that switches to opposite (or just stopped).
Used to smoke, but now has given up.
Died regularly, OK – and now has just stopped doing that.
Well, I’ll try to explain my (made-up?) trouble with the Amy’s example.
Amy’s first car did die regularly (in the past). OK.
But… NOT because this car got improved :), but rather because
- it’s not Amy’s car any more – even though it remains being the first forever
- it died once and for all – and now not a car any more, at all
- Amy is still an owner, but she doesn’t drive the car any more (and has it just for sentimental memory :)). The car is in (one of :)) her garages, immovable
So, to my view, now the Amy’s first car is just unable to die regularly - the chain with (1)-(2) things on the timescale has broken… and I cannot admit the sentence
The Past Simple or Past Perfect…
That’s my usual trouble with ‘used to’.
Anybody, untangle me, please.