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Belanaana
Argentina

I need help!
 
Hi everyone!
 
Can you help me with this sentence?
 
There didn īt use to be a cinema in this  street. / There used not to be a cinema in this street. Which is the correct one? 
 

3 Jul 2016      



Pedro14
Spain

As far as I īm concerned, only the first one is correct. You can also say: there never used to be a cinema in this street. Wait for other answers though.

3 Jul 2016     



FrauSue
France

The first one is correct.
You could also say: There used to be no cinema in this street; There wasn īt a cinema here before.
 
I prefer your first sentence as it is the most idiomatic way of expressing the idea. 

3 Jul 2016     



tandil
Argentina

Hi, nice question!

According to Practical English Usage by Michael Swam (3rd Ed. 2005: 595), the second statement is also possible in a formal style, though it is not very common. Hence, both sentences are grammatically correct.

  

3 Jul 2016     



yanogator
United States

Tandil is correct, but the second one is ridiculously formal and stilted. I wouldn īt recommend using it at all.
 
Bruce 

3 Jul 2016     



Belanaana
Argentina

Thanks a lot!!!   

3 Jul 2016