- regular verb in the present and the past, as a clitic (used-to-V), the past tense marker -d is pronounced "t" by assimilation.
- ju:stə V
- dɪdntju:stə V
used to V is translated with the imperfect in French. It is a nostalgic tense marker, it recalls the way things once were.
- When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike every day.
- We used to live in Bourg.
- I used to know him well, but it's been a long time since I've seen him.
- I used to believe in Santa Claus when I was a kid.
It can precede both state verbs (know, think) and action verbs (run, walk) -- unlike "would", which implies a series of events, not states: (* = incorrect)
- When I was a kid, I would ride my bike every day.
- *We would live in Bourg. (future in the past = OK, but nostalgic imperfect = njet)
- *I would know him well, but it's been a long time since I've seen him. (concession = OK, but nostalgic imperfect = njet)
- *I would believe in Santa Claus, when I was a kid.
utilise. employ. make use of.