Be Used to and Used to

Be used to and used to are two structures that look similar but have different meanings.

Be used to

Used to is always followed by a gerund, not infinitive.

This structure talk about event and situations that we are accustomed to.

Form: subject + be used to + verb+ing (gerund)

For example:

  • Nobody has ever helped me with household work, so I am used to doing it myself.
  • Because I'm a doctor, I'm used to seeing ill people.

If you want to emphasize a change, get may be used instead of be.

  • After waking up at 5 a.m. every day, I got used to it.
  • I still can't get used to eating rice twice a day.

If you the process still takes place, we may use the continuous form.

  • I'm still getting used to eating rice twice a day.

Use to

We use used to when talking about things that were true in the past, but no longer are. We also use it to talk about actions that we did in the past as a habit, but no longer do.

 Form: subject + used to + verb (infinitive)

For examples and more information on use to, click the hyperlink.

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