"Used to" in French

Hi :D, How would I construct a sentence expressing a habit in french the way we express it in english with "used to"?

For example, how should these sentences be translated?

Habit in the past:

  • I used to play football

  • I didn't use to play football

Habit in the present:

  • I'm used to playing football

  • I'm not used to playing football

December 31, 2018


I think you'd use the imperfect tense. The imperfect tense is used to say what you did multiple times in the past, not just once (like the perfect tense).

Je jouais au foot.

Je ne jouais pas au foot.

For the present, I think you'd say "je suis habitue (an accent on the e)".

Je suis habitue a jouer au foot.

December 31, 2018

For habitual actions, use the imparfait if the action no longer occurs in the present, and use the présent if it does. You will want to use context to make things more clear.

Quand j'étais plus jeune, je jouais au foot.
Je joue au foot tous les week-ends.

December 31, 2018

There's no direct translation into French. You have to use a periphrase or hope the context shows you're talking about an habit. "I used to play football" = "Avant, je jouais au football" (if you just say "je jouais au football", it doesn't convey the idea of being an habit by itself). "I'm used to playing football" = "Je joue au football", "Je fais du foot"...

December 31, 2018
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