In English, "used to" is classified as a modal auxiliary verb that signals the imperfect tense of the verb that comes after it. In Spanish, the imperfect tense is expressed by an inflection of the verb or by the verb "soler."
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used to be
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. solía ser
This used to be the best school in the state.Esta solía ser la mejor escuela del estado.
b. solía estar
There is now a floral arrangement where the chair used to be.Ahora hay un arreglo floral donde la silla solía estar.
It used to be unacceptable for a woman to work outside her home.Solía considerarse inaceptable que una mujer trabajara fuera de su hogar.
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