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"Used to," "Be Used To," and "Get Used To": What's the Difference?

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"Used to," "Be Used To," and "Get Used To": What's the Difference?

"Used to," "Be Used To," and "Get Used To": What's the Difference?


These three phrases sound similar, but they have different meanings and uses. Here's a quick guide to help you keep them straight:

Used to

  • Refers to habits or states that were true in the past but are no longer true in the present.
  • Example: I used to play the piano when I was a child.
  • Structure: Subject + used to + infinitive verb

Be used to

  • Refers to being accustomed or familiar with something.
  • Example: She is used to living in a big city.
  • Structure: Subject + be + used to + noun/gerund

Get used to

  • Refers to the process of becoming accustomed or familiar with something.
  • Example: He is getting used to his new job.
  • Structure: Subject + be + getting used to + noun/gerund

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips:
  • "Used to" is always followed by an infinitive verb (without "to").
  • "Be used to" and "get used to" can be followed by either a noun or a gerund (verb ending in "-ing").
  • "Be used to" is typically used in the present and past tenses, while "get used to" can be used in all tenses.

By understanding these simple rules, you can avoid confusing these commonly misused phrases.

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