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Used to Do vs Be Used to

It's easy to confuse used to do and be used to. Both forms look alike, but they have very different meanings and structures.

First let's look at used to do, or used to + verb. When I say I used to do something, I mean that I did something regularly in the past which I no longer do now. For example, "When I was a child, I used to fight with my brother, but now we get along."

We can also use used to do to talk about something that was true in the past but is not true now. For example, "Playing with dolls used to be Sarah's favorite activity." In other words, Sarah's favorite activity in the past was playing with dolls, but it is no longer something she likes to do.

Be used to means something different. If you are used to something, you are accustomed to it. It is normal or usual for you. Be used to is always followed by a noun or gerund (verb ending in -ing). For example, I can say "I am used to the rain," or that "I am used to staying up late."

Used to Do vs Be Used to Grammar Quiz

  1. She has a newborn baby so sleepless nights and the sound of crying.

  2. He play bass in a rock band when he was younger.

  3. Didn't you live in Hawaii?

  4. I using email and sending text messages but my grandparents are clueless when it comes to that stuff.

  5. I take the bus to school but I moved closer so now I walk.

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09:10 PM Jul 06 2015 |


Ă…land Islands

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05:03 AM May 31 2015 |


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United States

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10:05 PM Dec 30 2014 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

when i was in my teens i used to play baskerball.now i’m used to just watching basketball matches.
these days i’m used to be a couch potato & staying awake & watching shows late at night.however i used to be a sport girl & i enjoyed playing  varieties of sports back then.i admit i miss those healthy days.
if i can find a good gym,i’ll want to learn an martial art.

05:10 AM Aug 18 2014 |



When I was a child, Iused to study with my siblings, but now we get along.”

I used to  live in hostle in my junior classes.

11:14 PM Jul 24 2014 |




I think, it is useful to change a living place. It leads to changing our habitudes. For example, I used to walk (up to 10 km per a day) when I lived in my old city. So when I’ve got my driving license, I had to fabricate reason to drive somewhere. Now, my family moved to another city and I’m used to driving as well as changed many of my habits.

11:14 PM Jul 02 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I USED TO GET A GARDES ..BUT now i am used to study more and get B

06:20 AM May 25 2014 |

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When I was 16 years old i used to learn Russian but now i’m used to learning English

10:33 AM Mar 22 2014 |

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i used to sleep late when i was on vacation but now i came back so,i’m not used to sleeping late

05:16 PM Mar 01 2014 |

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