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He used to drink? #1 (permalink) Fri Oct 29, 2010 14:49 pm   He used to drink?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #194 "Comprehension Sentences (1)", question 10

He used to drink a lot of alcohol. .........

(a) He is an alcoholic.
(b) He drinks less now.
(c) He drinks a lot now.
(d) He is going to continue to drink a lot of alcohol.

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #194 "Comprehension Sentences (1)", answer 10

He used to drink a lot of alcohol. He drinks less now.

Correct answer: (b) He drinks less now.

Your answer was: incorrect
He used to drink a lot of alcohol. He is an alcoholic.
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So, if I say "used to.." it means that now no longer?
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He used to drink? #2 (permalink) Fri Oct 29, 2010 14:54 pm   He used to drink?
 

That's correct Ginevra.

Usually 'He used to do something' is followed by an explanation of what has changed since then.
He used to waste a lot of time but now he works really hard.
She used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day but she has cut down.

The fact that he used to drink a lot of alcohol doesn't necessarily make him an alcoholic (though that could be a reason why he has stopped drinking!).
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