Welcome ABA Friend!
Let’s look at something that many students get a bit confused with. First of all, read the following passage:
Do you think we will ever get used to working or studying all the time? I am used to working a lot. I didn’t use to like it but now I do. It keeps my busy and active all day. I used to work in an office and I was sitting all day, which I hated. Now I get to move around visit clients and have fun talking to people. I am used to working long hours too, but the pay is good so I don’t mind. My boss asked me the other day if I would like to move up in the company, which means more hours. I said I would first have to get used to the idea and get back to him.
Now, let’s have a look at how and when to use get used to, be used to and used to + infinitive.
Get used to – If you get used to something or you are getting used to something, it means you are becoming accustomed to it – it was strange, now it’s not so strange.
Be used to -If you are used to something, you are accustomed to it – you don’t find it unusual.
Used to + infinitive – We use ‘used to’ to talk about things that happened in the past – actions or states – that no longer happen now.
Remember that in negatives and questions with “did” we drop the “d” of “used to”and it becomes “use to”.
“I use to go horse riding all the time, but now I don’t have time”
“I never used to have time to go on holidays”
And it is that simple, but like we always say in ABA: practice makes perfect!
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