Hi Teachers,

In this sentence, 'used to' is a simple past verb. My question is, is there a simple present tense of this verb?

I guess not. Am I right?

Edward Coke used to be an army officer, but he is in prison now.

Thanks in advance
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Edward Coke was an army officer, but he is in prison now.

used to --> indicate the past
Hi holyduke,

Thank you for your reply.

I know it expresses past time. My question is, 'Is there the equivalent for present or future'?

TS
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I used to live in the US.

I used to be an army officer.

I live in the US. I am living in the US.

I am an army officer.

(with the future, don't know why, I don't want to use live...I am prompted to use move to...Somebody help?)

I (am going to/will) (move to/live in) the US.

I am going to become an army officer.

Don't know if they can be called equivalents... Since "used to" mostly refers to a past habit or repeated action.

Guess I didn't answer the question Emotion: sad
Hi holyduke,

Thanks a lot for your reply and examples.

Guess I didn't answer the question

As long as you try to answer a question it is already an accomplishment, isn't it? [Y]

I guess there is no equivalent for this verb, since it only expresses something that was true in the past and no longer exist.

Best regards

TS
Dear Thinking Spain,

Yes there is,but quite different.But your example isnot the way to convey the present simple meaning.It's better to change it:

Edward Coke is used to being an army officer.

Regards

Iman
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Dear Iman,

Thank you for your reply and help.

Best regards

TS
imantaghaviDear Thinking Spain,
Yes there is,but quite different.But your example isnot the way to convey the present simple meaning.It's better to change it:
Edward Coke is used to being an army officer.

Regards
Iman
Hi,

The "used" is an adjective in the "Edward Coke is used to being an army officer." It has nothing to do with the semi-modal "used to" in the "Edward Coke used to be an army officer." The "used" in the semi-modal form "used to- infinitive " is the auxiliary verb which is used in talking about past situation or past habits. It is sometimes called a defective verb because it has no present tense.
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