‘AS’ + pronoun + ‘USED’ + to-infinitive

Student example in a speaking test:

I don’t think that they pay enough attention towards the national customs as they used to do those days.

TLC female Sri Lanka B2

Point 236 in the category of MODALITY is defined:

‘as’ + pronoun + ‘used to’ to add background to a narrative, often to highlight something unusual


A search in iWeb for:

as_C _P used_V _TO _VV

1 AS THEY USED TO SAY 269
2 AS WE USED TO SAY 249
3 AS WE USED TO CALL 200
4 AS I USED TO THINK 80
5 AS I USED TO WORK 65
6 AS I USED TO GET 65
7 AS WE USED TO KNOW 51
8 AS HE USED TO SAY 51
9 AS I USED TO CALL 48
10 AS I USED TO LIVE 48
11 AS THEY USED TO CALL 47
12 AS I USED TO LOVE 42
13 AS I USED TO SAY 42
14 AS I USED TO USE 40
15 AS I USED TO GO 34
16 AS WE USED TO THINK 33
17 AS I USED TO PLAY 32
18 AS HE USED TO PLAY 30
19 AS HE USED TO CALL 23
20 AS I USED TO MAKE 22
21 AS I USED TO TELL 21
22 AS I USED TO OWN 18
23 AS THEY USED TO THINK 17
24 AS I USED TO RUN 16
25 AS I USED TO SEE 15
26 AS I USED TO FEEL 15
27 AS I USED TO LIKE 14
28 AS I USED TO TAKE 14
29 AS I USED TO SUFFER 14
30 AS WE USED TO SEE 13


A2:

call, own

B1:

feel like, used to

B2:
suffer