Exercise 1

Choose used to, be used to, get used to to complete each sentence.

1 At first I was really nervous about driving in Vancouver, but now I have it.

2 I don't think I'll ever driving on the left. It’s so strange!

3 A: Samantha works very hard. B: Well, she working hard. She grew up in a very poor family.

4 Lee is Chinese. He to speaking English in the office.

5 The smell of fish is awful, but you'll to it after a couple of months on the job.

6 There are some things in this life that you'll never .

7 I’ve just bought an Apple computer, and I think it will take me some time to the new operating system.

8 When I was a teenager I dress up for Halloween, but not anymore.

9 Two years ago, the students have four hours a week of language tutorials, but now they have five hours.

10 After nine years in Africa, I can say that now I living in this hot weather. I don’t mind anymore.


 

 

Summary table – used to

 
used to, be used to, get used to

used to do

 

Repeated actions in the past

 
We can use used to + infinitive to talk about things that we did repeatedly in the past.

  • When I was a child, I used to go skiing every winter. 
  • From the age of 12 till I was 16, I used to dance at weekends. 

 

Situations or states that are no longer true

 
We can use used to + infinitive to talk about situations or states (stative verbs) which were true in the past, but they are no longer true.

  • As a child I used to be blond. 
  • I used to live with my mum when I was a child.

 

used to, didn’t use to, did you use to

 
The negative form of used to is didn’t use to, and we form questions with did you use to. There is no present form of used to. When we want to talk about present habits or present repeated actions, we use the present simple tense with usuallynormally, often, etc.

  • We usually eat out on Saturday. (NOT We use to eat out)

 

be used to something/doing something

 
If you are used to something or to doing something, you are accustomed to it. Maybe it’s something that is new, strange or difficult, but you have done it for some time and now you don’t find it new, strange or difficult any more. Be used to is a state, so it is not used with continuous verb forms. It’s normally used with simple tenses.

  • When I started working, it was hard to get up at 6 a.m., but now I‘m used to it. 
  • I’ve been living in England for a short time and I‘m still not used to driving on the left. 

 

get used to something/doing something

 
If  you get used to something or to doing something, you become accustomed to something. Getting used to something is the process of becoming used to something.

  • I’ve just started my new job and I‘m still getting used to getting up so early. 
  • It might be difficult at first, but you‘ll get used to driving on the left. 

 

used to do, be used to doing, get used to doing

 
The past verb used to is always followed by an infinitive. The word to is part of the infinitive.

  • I used to play basketball when I was in school. 

After be used to, or get used to, we use a noun or a -ing verb. The word to is a preposition, not part of an infinitive. That is why when a verb follows, it must take the -ing form.

  • I‘m not used to this cold and rainy weather. 
  • I’m sure you‘ll get used to working with John. (NOT get used to work)

 


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