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Are these sentences both right ? :

Did you used to visit her ?

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Did you visit her ?

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Both sentences are correct.

Did you used to visit her?

This sentence asks about a past habit, meaning did the person visit many times over some time period ending in the past.

Did you visit her?

This sentence asks about a specific occurrence.

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  • i also think so.
    – gigs
    Jan 22, 2015 at 15:38
  • If I were speaking, I would probably drop "did" and say "You used to visit her?" or "You used to visit her, didn't you?" For some reason the "did" sounds really awkward to me when combined with "used to".
    – ColleenV
    Jan 22, 2015 at 17:37
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    @ColleenV It doesn't sound weird to me. You might use either of those in informal conversation, but the first alternative depending on tone may imply doubt/surprise/uncertainty. "You used to visit her? I didn't know that" Tag questions are definitely informal.
    – eques
    Jan 22, 2015 at 17:42
  • Yeah, I don't think it's incorrect to use "did". It may just be a dialect thing. I've lived in the Southern US for a while now, and I think my speech is being scrubbed of all formality.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 22, 2015 at 17:45
  • One can even say Did you used to? and still be grammatical. I think people say it all the time without thinking about it, at least in some regions. Perhaps it's when we look at it that it seems strange. Also @ColleenV
    – user6951
    Jan 22, 2015 at 23:52

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