16. Used To

There are two ways to use “used to.”
They look similar, but they have very different meanings!

(1) to be/to get/to become used to + noun, noun phrase or gerund.

In these sentences, “used to” means the same thing as “accustomed to.”

For example:

  • I’m not used to getting up early in the morning.
  • I couldn’t understand his accent at first, but now I have become used to it.
  • When you move to a new country, you have to get used to a lot of new customs.

(2) used to + base form of a verb

This is a kind of past tense. It is used for an action that was repeated or continued for some time in the past, but is no longer happening now.

For example:

  • I used to work in Richmond, but now I work in Oakland.
  • Negative: I didn’t use to like sushi, but now I do.
  • Question: How did you use to get to school before you got a car?

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