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"used to" vs. "be used to"
vs. "get used to"

used to

As we studied in Advanced Lesson 2 "used to" can be used to express past habit.

I used to walk to school.

NOTE:
In the negative form the word "didn't" indicates that the sentence is negative so "used to" changes to its basic form "use to".  Similarly, in the question form the word "Did" indicates that it is a question.

I didn't use to walk to school.
Did you use to walk to school?

 

be used to

We use the verb "to be" together with "used to" to express that we are accustomed to something.

I am used to exercising every day.

 

get used to

We use the verb "get" together with "used to" to express that we are becoming accustomed to something.

I am getting used to waking up early.

NOTE:
"be used to" and "get used to" are used with the gerund (the -ing form of the verb) while "used to" is used with the infinitive (the basic form of the verb).

I used to walk.
I am used to walking.
I get used to walking.

 

Practice
Select the sentence that has a similar meaning.

1. She cleaned the house regularly in the past.

She used to clean the house.
She got used to cleaning the house.
She is used to cleaning the house.

2. He became accustomed to waking up early.

He used to wake up early.
He is used to waking up early.
He got used to waking up early.

3. Pablo is accustomed to going late.

Pablo is used to going late.
Pablo used to go late.
Pablo is getting used to going late.

4. I am accustomed to cooking in the morning.

I am getting used to cooking in the morning.
I am used to cooking in the morning.
I used to cook in the morning.

5. Maria regularly drove the car in the past.

Maria used to drive the car.
Maria got used to driving the car.
Maria is used to driving the car.

6. She is becoming accustomed to working at that company.

She is getting used to working at that company.
She used to work at that company.
She is used to working at that company.

7. I didn't read many books in the past.

I didn't use to read many books.
I am used to reading many books.
I got used to reading many books.

8. Are you accustomed to the climate?

Are you used to the climate?
Did you used to the climate?
Did you get used to the climate?

 

Practice
On a piece of paper or in a word processing program, write one sentence using each of the verbs from this lesson (used to, be used to, get used to).

 

Find the Mistake

Instructions
Find the errors in the sentences.  Write the sentences correctly.

example
She are a student. --> She is a student.

1. I got use to the weather.
  

2. They're used waking up early.  
  

3. I didn't used to speak English.
  

4. Did you used to study?
  

5. She use to run for exercise.
  

 

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