How to say this

"When I used to go to the college, I used to play Volleyball".

Or is it ok to use used to two times in a sentence?

I know I can also use something like:

"When I was in college, I used to play Volleyball"

But I want to know how can I use used to 2 times correctly, or is the one that I used in first statement correct?

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    You just did use it two times. It's not clear what you're asking beyond that. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Sep 24 at 7:59
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    Why are you so keen to use it twice when you know how to avoid doing so? Your second example reads much better. – Kate Bunting Sep 24 at 10:09
  • @JasonBassford Yes sir I used it two times, but I am not sure if it is correct to do so? – Volleyball Sep 24 at 10:43
  • @KateBunting This is the one example I just got in my mind, in the past while speaking, many times I had gone through a phase, where I found this issue, when I had to use used to two times. – Volleyball Sep 24 at 10:45
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    Now I’m not as used to using ‘used to’ like I used to. – Jim Sep 24 at 14:41

Non-native speakers often use used to instead of the simple past thinking that only used to is used to talk about past habits which are no longer in use.

Your sentences may be grammatically correct but no native speaker uses used to twice in a sentence.

They might say :

When I was in college, I played volleyball.


When I was in college, I would play volleyball.

Your second sentence is better. Your first sentence is rather awkward.

MacMillan Dictionary has an article that explains “used to” usage in more detail.

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    I used to bike every day but now I’m not used to that much exercise. – Jim Sep 24 at 14:28
  • @Jim In your example the second used is an adjective.That is a different use – Englishmonger Sep 24 at 14:31
  • I know. I did it on purpose. – Jim Sep 24 at 14:32
  • I think it is a little misleading to say that native speakers would never use “used to” twice in a sentence. I understand you mean we wouldn’t say “When I used to live in Maine, I used to eat lobster every day.” but it comes across as saying there is never a situation where it’s idiomatic to use “used to” twice. – ColleenV Sep 27 at 18:18

Anytime you put a comma into your sentence you allow for a whole new sentence about anything. So any subject in the sentence after the comma can use the same phrase.

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    Commas don't delimit sentences. Please could you clarify? – marcellothearcane Sep 24 at 8:46
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    It makes sense with no comma even. – Kris Sep 24 at 10:17

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