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ENGLISH GRAMMAR

To be - To get used to:
be or become accustomed to something

(examples with the verb '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
I am (I'm) used to driving I am (I'm) not used to driving Am I used to driving?
You are (you're) used to driving You are (you're) not used to driving Are you used to driving?
He/she is (he's/she's) used to driving He/she is (he's/she's) not used to driving Is he/she used to driving?
We are (we're) used to driving We are (we're) not used to driving Are we used to driving?
You are (you're) used to driving You are (you're) not used to driving Are you used to driving?
They are (they're) used to driving They are (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.
      • They are not used to spicy food.

    • Verb
      • Tom is used to living in a noisy street.
      • Julie is used to working hard.
      • They are not used to eating spicy food.

  • '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.

MORE EXAMPLES OF USE:

  • I don't mind crowds. I'm used to living in a big city.
  • Stella feels a bit lost. She isn't used to her new office yet.
  • Paul is used to giving presentations. It's part of his job.
  • Teachers are used to children. | They are used to teaching children.
  • Visitors to Britain are not used to driving on the left.
  • Laura was cold. She was used to a warmer climate.
  • Our grandparents were not used to mobile phones.
  • Students get used to being independent.
  • They have to get used to looking after themselves.
  • It takes time to get used to a new country.
  • During the Covid epidemic, people got used to shopping online.
  • When my car broke down, I had to get used to taking the bus.
  • Pedro has got used to speaking English.
  • Alex will get used to the weather in time.
  • His parents wondered if he would get used to living abroad.

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