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Adverbs and past habits | English PPT

Adverbs and past habits


Adverbs and past habits



We use adverbs to give more information about the verb, adjectives, and other adverbs.

1)Adverbs give more information about verbs. For example:

  • Ayesha sang loudly.

2) Adverbs also give more information about adjectives. For example

  • Dad was extremely tired.

3) Adverbs can also give more information about adverbs. For example:

  • Fahad told the joke very skillfully.


Types of adverbs:

1) We use adverbials of manner to say how something happens or how something is done:

I.The children were playing happily.

II.He was driving as fast as possible.

2) We use adverbials of place (location, direction, and distance) to say where something happens:

I.location: He was standing by the table.

II.direction: Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.

III.Distance: Birmingham is 250 kilometers away from London.


3) We use adverbials from time to say when for how long and how often something happens:

I.I saw marry yesterday.

II.They have lived here since 2004.

III.They usually go to work by bus.

4)We use adverbials of probability to show how certain we are about something. The most frequent adverbials of probability are:

certainly – definitely – maybe – possibly

clearly – obviously – perhaps – probably

I.Perhaps the weather will be fine.

II.He is certainly coming to the party.


Language used to express past habits

  • Used to

We use ‘used to’ to talk about things that happened in the past – actions or states – that no longer happen now.

  • I used to eat meat but I became a vegetarian 5 years ago.
  • I used to go swimming every Thursday when I was at school.
  • I used to smoke but I gave up a few years ago.
  • There didn’t use to be a petrol station there. when was it built?
  • Did you use to wear a school uniform?

The negative is ‘didn’t use to’ and questions are formed with ‘did you use to …?’ There is no present tense equivalent of ‘used to’.


  • Be/ get used to:

If you are used to something, you are accustomed to it – you don’t find it unusual. If you get used to something or you are getting used to something you are becoming accustomed to it – it was strange, now it’s not so strange.

Both ‘be used to’ and ‘get used to’ are followed by a noun (or pronoun) or the gerund – the ‘ing’ form of a verb.

Be used to:

  • I am used to getting up early in the morning. I don’t mind it.
  • he didn’t complain about the neighbors’ loud party – he was used to the noise.
  • I don’t think tom’s strange – I’m used to him.
  • I’m used to living alone.

Get used to:

  • He doesn’t like that small town, but he’ll get used to it.
  • They couldn’t get used to the noisy neighbors, so they moved.
  • She found the heels too high, but she got used to them.
  • Since the divorce, she has become very sad. But I think she’ll get used to her new life.
  • I got used to living in Canada in spite of the cold weather.
  • She is getting used to waking up early for her new job.


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