The Uses of Used to

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Three meanings of "used to"

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  • The Uses of Used to

    1. 1. Uses of "used to" 1
    2. 2. Three Meanings"used to" has three meanings: To be used to has the same meaning as accustomed to and refers to an activity that is now comfortable. To get used to means that the activity is not comfortable yet, but it is becoming comfortable. Used to refers to a repeated action in the past. Similar to the Spanish “solia.”
    3. 3. To Be Used toSubject + to be + used to + gerund... I am used to driving a stick. The children arent used to staying up late.Used most frequently in the present tense. 3
    4. 4. To Get Used To (1)Subject + get (conjugated) + used to +gerund... I am getting used to getting up early. I have never gotten used to speaking Spanish in public. 4
    5. 5. To Get Used To (2)Frequently used: In present progressive: He is getting used to... In present perfect: You have gotten used to... In future: Don’t worry about working 24/7. You’ll get used to it.Not frequently used in present, past or past progressive
    6. 6. Used toSubject + used to + verb (root)... I live in Las Palmas now, but I used to live in New York. When I was a child I used to go to church every Sunday.Question form: Did you use to drink a lot of booze?

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