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USED TO, WOULD, BE USED TO, GET USED TO Used to do

We use used to do to talk about the past. We use the expression used to do for the past only. It refers to things or habits in the past. (IN SPANISH -> SOLER IN THE PAST) Structure of Used to do The structure is: auxilia ry did main verb use used did you no t use use

subje ct + I I

no t

infinitive to travel by plane. to travel by plane. to travel by plane?

? Did

Used or use? • when there is did in the sentence, we say use to (without d) • when there is no did in the sentence, we say used to (with d) We use the used to to talk about:
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an activity that we did regularly in the past (like a habit) a situation that was true in the past I used to smoke.

////// past

present

future

Look at these examples. the past She used to work in a shop. He used to watch a lot of TV. the present Now she works in a bank. Now he doesn't watch much TV.

They used to be married. There used to be a cinema here. I didn't use to go swimming.

Now they are divorced. Now there is a supermarket here. Now I go swimming.

‘USED TO’ and ‘WOULD’
1. Both ‘used to’ and ‘would’ can be used to describe repeated actions in the past.. For example: When I was young I used to/would go fishing. My grandfather used to/would always smoke his pipe after dinner. People used to/would get very angry when the tax-collector came to town. 3. ‘Used to’ can also be used to describe past states, with verbs such as ‘be’, ‘have’ and ‘live’. For example: I used to live in France. He used to have a beard. This building used to be a hotel. In these sentences we cannot use “would”.

Be used to
Be used to something Be used to doing Be used to is an expression. If I say "I am used to Thailand", it is like saying "I am accustomed to Thailand." Structure of Be used to The structure is: subject + be + used to + object main verb be am

subje ct + I

no t

used to used to

objec t horses .

He We ? Are

is aren't you

no t

used to used to used to

horses . horses . horses ?

If the object involves a verb, we use the -ing form: no t used to used to used to used to being lied to. working late. taking the bus. cooking?

I He W e Ar e

am is

aren't yo u

Why do we use -ing for a verb after be used to? Because we always use -ing for a verb after a preposition - and the to is a preposition. The be used to expression is for talking about something that is familiar to us or easy for us. For example:

I am used to driving on the left. ESTOY ACOSTUMBRADO A CIRCULAR POR LA IZQUIERDA

It means that it is not a problem for me to drive on the left of the road. I am Japanese. In Japan, people drive on the left. Now I am living in the USA where people drive on the right. Of course, I drive on the right in the USA, but when I go to Japan it is easy for me to drive on the left because "I am used to it". Look at these examples.
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I am used to hard work. I am used to working hard. He is not used to New York. He isn't used to living in New York. Are you used to fast food? Are you used to eating quickly?

Tenses

We can use be used to in any tense. We just conjugate the verb be in the tense that we need. Look at these examples:
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When we lived in Bangkok, we were used to hot weather. I have been used to snakes for a long time. You will soon be used to living alone.

Get used to
Get used to something Get used to doing Get used to is an expression. If you get used to something, you

become accustomed to it. It is the process of becoming used to something. (ACOSTUMBRARSE
A…)

I got used to getting up early in the morning. After a while he didn't mind the noise in the office - he got used to it.
Structure of Get used to The structure is: subject + get + used to + object subje ct + I He We ? Are aren't getting You getting used to used to horses . horses ? main verb used get to Am getting Isn’t getting used to used to

object horses. horses.

If the object involves a verb, we use the -ing form: no t getting used to working late.

I

am

He W e Ar e

is aren't yo u

getting used to getting used to getting used to

Eating meat. taking the bus. cooking?

Why do we use -ing for a verb after be used to? Because we always use -ing for a verb after a preposition - and the to is a preposition.

Explanations in Spanish: http://petersblogingles.blogspot.com/2009/10/used-used-to-be-used-to-getused-to.html
USED TO+INFINITIVE,GET USED TO+GERUND, BE USED TO +GERUND (2) 1.-JOIN THE SENTENCE IN COLUMN A WITH THE SENTENCE THAT HAS THE SAME MEANING IN COLUMN B

A
1-I played football 2-She was a nurse
d i h b a

B
a.-She is not used a.-She is not to speaking to strangers b.-I am used to swimming long distances c.-She usually trains on Saturdays d.-I used to play football e.-We usually go to the cinema on Sundays f.-I had to get used to wearing a uniform g.-I will get used to working for her
e

3.-They usually wore formal clothes

4.-It is easy for me to swim long distances

5.-It is not easy for her to speak to strangers 6.-Working for her is not easy but I will try 7.-I can´t stand so much tea
c j g

8.-We often go to the cinema on Sundays 9.-She trains on Saturdays

h-They used to wear formal clothes i.-She used to be a nurse
f

10.-I didn´t like to wear a uniform but I had to

j.-I can´t get used to drinking so much tea

2.-Fill in the blanks with the correct tense of the verbs in brackets a.-There usedn´t to b.-I am used to c.-I used to
w ork be

(be) computers in the nineteenth century.

w orking

(work)on the night shift.
speaking w earing

(work) on the night shift. (speak) in public

d.-She had to get used to e.-She would get used to

(wear) contact lenses if she tried to.

f.-They couldn´t get used to

living

(live) in a flat that´s why they moved to a small house in the count

g.-They used to h.-We used to

commute read

(commute)every day but now they walk to work .
w earing

(read)a lot of books at school.

i.-I am not used to j.-She used to
bite

(wear)make-up.

(bite)her nails.