used to / be used to / get used to / Grammar

‘Used to + Infinitive’ :

We use the expression used to + infinitive to talk about past habits or states that are not true now

  • I used to have dark hair (but now I don’t have it)
  • Mark used to smoke (but now he doesn’t do that)
  • They used to live in USA (but now they live in Germany)

Watch out! When you want to make a question or negative meaning ‘used’ changes into ‘use’:

  • Did you use to be a doctor?
  • Did he use to live in Germany?
  • She didn’t use to smoke
  • I didn’t use to live abroad

‘Be used to + Ving/noun‘:

We use the expression be used to + Ving/noun to talk about past habits, states or things which feel normal for us or things that we are accustomed to:

  • I am used to getting up early
  • I am used to bad weather
  • I am used to doing homework after school

In this case, when we want to make negative or question it’s normal way to change verb ‘be’ and ‘used to’ doesn’t change:

  • He isn’t used to driving so fast
  • They aren’t used to living in the USA
  • I’m not used to walking a lot

Get used to + Ving/noun‘:

We can use ‘Get used to + Ving/noun‘ to talk about the change of not normal to normal or become accustomed to (doing) sth (adapt to sth):

  • It`s hard for me to get used to my new job.
  • I can`t get used to waking up early.
  • I get used to running in the morning

For REPEATED ACTIONS you may say would instead of used to:

When I was a kid, we USED TO go to the seaside every summer. – When I was a kid, we WOULD go to the seaside every summer.

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