USED TO, BE USED TO, GET USED TO

 

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USED TO, BE USED TO, GET USED TO

Words "used to do” are often mistaken with "be used to”. During this lesson we will learn the differences between “used to do” and “be used to” and when to use each form properly.

Forming sentences with “used to do”:

 

subject

auxiliary did

not

main verb use

infinitive

+

I

 

 

used

to do.

-

I

did

not

use

to do.

 

 

auxiliary did

subject

Main verb use

infinitive

?

Did

you

use

to do?

 

When we use “used to do” we are referring to our habits from the past. We used to do something regularly, but now our habits have changed.  We should always use the past tense with these expressions.

For example:

I used to play a lot of video games, but now I prefer to go to the gym instead.

He used to be a good student.

We use “used to” when we talk about something that was true in the past, but it is no longer true in the present.


For example:

She used to live in Australia.

It used to be a store.

 

Forming questions and negatives

When we form questions and negatives, the expression “used to” changes to “use to”.  We also add the auxiliary “did” before “use to” if it’s a question or “did + not” if it is a negative.

For example:

Did you use to smoke a lot?

What did you use to do after school when you were a kid?

I didn’t use to eat breakfast. So now I have a hard time changing my eating habits.

I didn’t use to be good with math.

 

“Used to” and “would”

Sometimes we can replace  “used to” with “would”. Both of which are used to talk about recurring actions in the past.

For example:

Every Sunday, I would visit my grandma.

Every Saturday I used to visit my grandma.



However, only “used to” is possible when we talk about past states.

For example:

I used to have problem with math.

They used to live in Spain when they were kids.



Sentences with  “would” are used to refer to habits from the past.

For example:

When she was young she would lie all the time.

Every now and then he would invite me for dinner.

 

BE USED TO

We use “be used to” when we talk about something we are accustomed to doing.  The situation we talk about is familiar to us, we experienced something many times already.

 

Forming sentences with “to be used to”:

subject + to be + used to + verb + -ing

 

 

subject

main verb be

not

used to

Verb + -ing

+

I

am

 

used to

listening to classical music.

-

 

He, she, it

is

not

used to

working late.

We

are

not

used to

singing in a duet.

 

 

main verb be

subject

used to

Verb + -ing

?

Are

you

used to

cooking?

 

GET USED TO

Expression “get used to” means that something is in a process of becoming normal for us. “Get used to” can be used with past, present and future tenses.

Forming sentences with “get used to”:

Subject + get used to + verb + -ing

 

For example:

You will get used to that job.

I never got used to that strange noise in my kitchen.



                         

 
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