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July 10, 2012

Used to, be Used to, get Used to

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Today we shall discuss about the usage of Used to, be Used to and Get Used to. 

By using Used to you can express :
  • A particular thing always happened or was true in the past.
  • But it no longer happens or is no longer true now:

Have a look at some examples of the usage of Used to : 
  • Shivani  used to live in Bangalore.
  • She used to dance every evening, but since she had that terrible lung disorder she doesn't dance  anymore.
  • Why don't you come and see me like you used to?
Now lets see the forms of used to : 

There are three forms for Used to. They are
  • Interrogative form : 
    • Did you use to dance regularly ?
  • Affirmative form :
    • Yes, I used to go jogging nearly every day.
  • Negative  form :
    • No, I didn't use to exercise on a regular basis.

The usage of Used to, be used to, get used to :
  • Used to tells us that a particular thing always happened or was true in the past (see the above examples)
  • Be used to is used to say that something is normal, not unusual.
    • Examples :
      • I'm used to living alone.
      • Don't worry, Mohan is used to driving for long hours. He has worked as a professional driver for 20 years. 
  • Get used tells us that something is in the process of becoming normal.
    • Examples :
      • He doesn't like that small town, but he'll get used to it.
      • She found the heels too high, but she got used to them.
      • Since the divorce, she has become very sad. But I think she'll get used to her new life.      
      • I got used to living in Canada in spite of the cold weather.
  • Get used to and be used to are followed by either a noun or a gerund. Have a look at the following table. 
Get used to + nounGet used to + gerund (verb+ing)
got used to the noise

I'm used to the hot weather
got used to waking up early

I'm used to working late at night

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