Be and Get Used to
Mark is from Texas but he has lived in Alaska for three
years now. When he first went to a shop in the town, he found it very scary because he saw bears walking streets. Seeing bears in the streets was strange and
scary for him because:He wasn't used to it.He wasn't used to seeing bears in the streets But after some time, such sights became less strange. And so: She got used to seeing bears in the streets Now after three years, it's no problem for Mark:
He is used to driving seeing bears in the streets.
I'm used to something = it is not new or strange for me:
• Frank lives alone. He doesn't mind this because he has lived alone for 15 years. It is not
strange for him. He is used to it. He is used to living alone.
• I bought some new shoes. They felt a bit strange at first because I wasn't used to them.
• Our new flat is on a very busy street. I expect we'll get used to the noise, but at the
moment it's very disturbing.
• Diane has a new job. She has to get up much earlier now than before - at 6.30. She finds
this difficult because she isn't used to getting up so early.
• Brenda's husband is often away from home. She doesn't mind this. She is used to him
After be/get used you cannot use the infinitive (to do / to drive etc.). We say:
• She is used to driving on the left, (not "she is used to drive")
When we say "I am used to...", "to" is a preposition, not a part of the infinitive. So
• Frank is used to living alone, (not " Frank is used to live")
• Jane had to get used to driving on the left, (not "get used to drive")
Do not confuse I am used to doing (be/get used to) and I used to do. They are different in
structure and meaning.
I am used to (doing) something = something isn't strange or new for me:
• I am used to the weather in this country.
• I am used to driving on the left because I've lived in Britain for a long time.
I used to do something = I did something regularly in the past but no longer do it. You can use this structure only for the past, not for the present. The structure is:
used to do (not "I am used to do"):
• I used to drive to work every day, but these days I usually go by bike.
• We used to live in a small village, but now we live in London.