“Be used to” / “Get used to”

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Welcome to your “Be Used to” / “Get Used to” lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• When do we use these forms?
More examples
Infinitives
Used to
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When do we use these forms?

Imagine this situation:

Daniel is British, but he lives in France. When he first drove a car in France, he found it difficult as he had to drive on the right. Driving on the right was strange for him.

“He wasn’t used to it.”

“He wasn’t used to driving on the right.”

After a few months, and a lot of practice, driving on the right seemed a lot less strange for Daniel.

“He got used to driving on the right.”

Now, it’s no problem for Daniel to drive on the right.

“He is used to driving on the right.”


More examples

“I’m used to something” means “it is not new or strange for me”:

“Brian works from home. He doesn’t mind this because he has lived alone for twenty years. It isn’t strange for him. He is used to it. He is used to living alone.”

“I bought a new hat. It felt a bit strange at first because I wasn’t used to it.”

“Our new house is next to a busy street. I imagine we’ll get used to the noise.”


Infinitives

After “be / get + used” you cannot use the infinitive (to do / to eat etc.):

“She is used to driving on the right.”

(not “He is used to drive…”)

When we say “I am used to something”, “to” is a preposition, not a part of the infinitive:

“Brian is used to working at home.”

“Daniel had to get used to driving on the right.”


Used to

Do not confuse “I am used to doing” and “I used to do”:
“I am used to doing something” means “it isn’t strange or new for me”:

“I am used to the rain in this country.”

“I am used to driving on the right, I’ve been driving in France for years.”

“I used to do something” means “I did it regularly in the past, but no longer do it”. You use this for the past, not for the present:

“I used to wake up early for work, now I don’t.”

“We used to eat meat, now we are vegetarians.”

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