used to, be used to, get used to explained

Used to, Be used to, Get used to

used to, be used to, get used to explained

Most people confuse used to, be used to, get used to. So, we try to make it as clear as possible for you below. If you want to see more about how to use these three expressions, check out our Grammar Video here.

how to use Used to + infinitive

Used to + infinitive

We use used to + infinitive to talk about past events. Usually it’s to indicate something you did or something that happened in the past that no longer happens.

  • They used to live in Chicago. (they no longer live there)
  • She used to play basketball. (she does not play basketball now)

how to use be used to + gerund/noun

Be used to + gerund/noun

Use this tense to talk about something you are accustomed to doing. Be used to can be followed by a gerund or a noun.

  • He’s used to sleeping on a hard bed.
  • I’m used to working long hours.
  • We are not used to loud noises.
  • Are you used to living in small spaces?

How to use get used to + gerund/noun

Get used to + gerund/noun

We use this tense to talk about something you are becoming accustomed to doing. This can also be followed by a gerund or a noun.

  • He moved here from a small town so he’s just getting used to living in a big city.
  • Are they getting used to eating at 2Pm?
  • I don’t think I will never get used to the time change.

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