I know that "used to" is used for an action that is no longer done. But I want to know if I could use "have to" with it. For example if I want to say that getting up early in the morning everyday was something that I never enjoyed thus I had to do it everyday regardless of my unwillingness to do it so the sentence that I think correct is:

I used to have to get up early in the morning.

So does it convey the meaning that I want it to convey? All I want to say is that I didn't like to do it but I had to to it everyday.

  • Just a side note, 'used to' is possible for situations that are true (again), for example : "I used to live in London a long time ago, then I lived abroad and now I am back here in London again!" I think what is important is that the repeated action (or state) was stopped/interrupted. – EnglishAdam May 7 at 11:13

It is correct, but not very common. It sounds "clumsy" and is rare in elegant written English. It would be more fluent to use the simple past with some time expression:

When I worked at the car factory, I had to get up early in the morning.

Or describe the fact that you didn't like it in other words

I used to get up early, but I always wanted to stay in bed.

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