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USED TO/TO BE USED TO

grammar

 

 

 

Used to / to be used to:

Flashback memory:

I used to think that going to another country helps me to achieve my dreams and goals in life. So, after my high school diploma, I decided to go to another English language country to continue my education. When I got there alone, I realized how much I was used to my own family and country. You never know what you have until you lose it.

I was used to spending my free time with family and friends but now no one was with me. I didn’t use to speak English very well and that caused me another problem not being able to mingle with people around me. Although I tried my best to overcome the problems on my hand, I was used to my culture and beliefs; so that made me a very homesick person. But the only thing that made me go through all those emotional difficulties was my mother’s advice. She used to tell me if any difficulties come to your life just pray and ask God to give you serenity. I was used to praying a lot in my life and I am still used to it too. It has helped me a lot and I thank God for doing so.

 

What is the difference between used to and to be used to?

Well, let’s look at their structures first. One of them is used with the verb “to be” and the other one is used without it. Used to ( means something that happened in the past and does not happen anymore; it can be a habit or an action. )

am/is/are/was/were + used to ( means that one is very much addicted or related to something.)

their function in a sentence:

used to is used when we talk about an action that happened in the past and is not done anymore.

For example (from the story above):

I used to think that going to another country helps me to achieve my dreams and goals in life. ( it means that I don’t have that thought anymore, my idea is changed).

For the negative form of it, the sentence would be like the following:

I didn’t use to speak English very well.

And for the question form it would be:

Did you use to speak English well?

To sum up “ used to “ is used for past actions and the “ ed “ is omitted in the negative and question form.

 

To be used to is used when we want to talk about something usual and normal for us. something that we do all the time.

For example (from the story above):

I was used to my own family and country. ( it was routine action for me to be with my family)

I was used to my culture and beliefs.( my culture had effect in my life all the time)

I was used to praying a lot in my life and I am still used to it too. ( praying was my regular action and it is still is)

As you can see because the memory is from past time the verb to be is “ was” and if you want to talk about now the verbs to be for present should be used.

In general by reading the memory above it will be more clear for you how to use this grammatical phrase in English.

 

 


 

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