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  ENGLISH GRAMMAR for ESL learners  


To be - To get used to

(example : to drive)



The structure be or get used to (followed by a noun or a verb ending in -ing) is often confusing for learners of English. Below you will find an explanation and examples of use.

AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE INTERROGATIVE
Long Form Contracted Form
I am used to driving I am not used to driving I'm not used to driving Am I used to driving?
You are used to driving You are not used to driving You're not used to driving Are you used to driving?
He/she is used to driving He/she is not used to driving He/she isn't used to driving Is he/she used to driving?
We are used to driving We are not used to driving We're not used to driving Are we used to driving?
You are used to driving You are not used to driving You're not used to driving Are you used to driving?
They are used to driving They are not used to driving They're not used to driving Are they used to driving?

  • To be used to something means to be accustomed to it, to do something so regularly that it is now familiar, or you have learned to accept it.

  • To get used to something means to become accustomed to it.

  • Be or get 'used to' is followed either by a noun or by a verb ending in -ing.

    • Noun
      • Tom is used to noise.
      • Julie is used to hard work.

    • Verb
      • Tom is used to living in a noisy street.
      • Julie is used to working hard.

  • 'Used to' is used with be and get in all tenses : past, present, future and conditional.

    • Now that I live in France, I am used to driving on the right.
    • When you move to the city, you will get used to noise.
    • Before I lived in Italy, I wasn't used to eating pasta. I got used to it.
    • I wasn't used to the weather. It took me some time to get used to it.

Subject Verb Noun Verb in -ing form
Tom is used to walking to work
Laura is not used to spicy food  
Traffic wardens are used to spicy food
Tourists to Britain are not used to   driving on the left
Our grandparents were not used to mobile phones  
Ski instructors get used to cold weather  
Pedro has got used to   speaking English
Alex will get used to   living in a big city

NB : Do not confuse with the structure 'used to' + infinitive (example: I used to smoke).
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