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Aprender ingles: usos de “used to”. Lección uno (by Addie)

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Con este video inauguramos nuestra serie de trucos para aprender inglés con nuestra profesora Addie. Esta semana vamos a hablar de la diferencia entre  “used to do”, “to be used to doing” y “to get used to doing”.

Hello, this is English explained with Addie, I am Addie. I am here to help you with any of your English language curios, give you grammar and pronunciations tips and get you to your own way to become fluent in English. This video is about “used to”, when and how to use it and how not to get confused.

1. We use “used to” for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens.

Example: “used to” – a regular occurrence in the past.

  • I used to go to the gym every day, but now I don’t have time.
  • My sister used to fly to Spain every month but now she lives there.
  • I used to cycle to work, but now I take the train.

Something you used to do for a long period of time in the past, however this habit has changed.

2. We also use it for something that was true but no longer is.

Example: “used to” in the past and no longer.

  • There used to be a school in the village but now there isn’t. (It’s no longer a fact)
  • She used to have blond hair, but now it’s brown.
  • I used to like him, but now I find him annoying.

It is important to emphasize that “Used to do” is different from “to be used to doing” and “to get used to doing”. And we need to be able to differentiate when to use which.

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We use “to be used to doing” to say that something is normal, not unusual.

  • I am used to walking late at night, it doesn’t scare me at all!
  • I am used to meeting new people, it has been part of my job for a long time.
  • I have only just arrived in Spain, I am not used to a hot weather.

We use “to get used to doing” to talk about the process of something becoming normal for us.

  • I am getting used to getting up early!

Meaning that you didn’t get used to wake up early in the past, but now it’s becoming normal, it’s becoming a habit.

  • I have always lived in England but I am getting used to living in Spain now.

Meaning that the cultures and customs of Spanish life are becoming something that you are getting used to, you are becoming accustomed to.

  • I am still getting used to taking siestas at lunch time.

It means at the moment you are not quite there in the process of something becoming normal for you, but you on the way there.

Let’s have a quick test!

When I lived in England I AM USED TO/USED TO/I AM GETTING USED TO work as a bartender.

So you have to remember that it is in the past tense, so the answer is:

When I lived in England I USED TO work as a bartender.

That’s all for now!

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