Be used to, get used to, used to
How to use be used to, get used to and used to correctly.
|Be used to|
|If you are used to something, you have often done or experienced it; it is not strange, new or difficult for you.
Structure: Be used to + noun phrase or verb (-ing form)
|I am used to getting up early in the morning. I don't mind it.
He didn't complain about the neighbours’ loud party – he was used to the noise.
|We can also say be used to someone.||I don’t think Tom’s strange – I’m used to him.|
|Negative: be not used to.||I don't understand him: I'm not used to his accent yet.|
|Get used to|
Get used to + something / someone
Get used to + verb (-ing form)
|I got used to his Scottish accent after a while .
I got used to waking up early in the morning.
|If you get used to something, you become accustomed to it; it is no longer unusual or strange.
Get used to is the process of becoming used to something.
|After a while he didn't mind the noise in the office; he got used to it.|
|Used to + verb infinitive refers to a habit or state in the past. It is used only in the past simple tense.|
If you used to do something, you did it for a period of time in the past, but you don't do it any more.
|We used to live there when I was a child.
I used to walk to school every day when I was a child.
We also say used to to express a state that existed in the past but doesn't exist now. States are NOT actions. We express states with stative verbs such as have, believe, know and like.
|I used to like The Beatles, but now I never listen to them.
He used to have long hair, but now it’s very short.
I used to believe in magic when I was a child.
|Structure of questions:
did(n't) + subject + use to be
|Did(n't) he use to work in your office?|
|Structure of negative:
subject + didn't + use to be.
|I didn't use to like wine, but now I love it.|
|Practice exercise (intermediate) ‘used to’, ‘be used to’ and ‘get used’|