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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 siblings, 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, "Drinking alcohol used to be illegal in the U.S." In other words, drinking alcohol was illegal in the past, but it is no longer illegal.

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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Used to Do vs Be Used to Lessons:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Coraline

"Flick" - Sebastien Le Toux of Sounders FC

Curing Cancer

"Day Shift" and "Night Shift" - E-40

Gratitude

Airports

Fish Out of Water

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kamila111

kamila111

Azerbaijan

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 |

abozzik

abozzik

Egypt

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 |

Rana1371

Rana1371

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i used to drink coffee when i was younger .

08:55 AM Feb 26 2014 |

Jeckily

Jeckily

Serbia and Montenegro

I used to change boys very often when I was younger and now I am used to being in long-term relationship. :)

04:58 AM Feb 14 2014 |

jein

jein

Indonesia

i used to climb a tree when i was little and I’m used to English now. 

05:19 AM Nov 08 2013 |

prakashjhagsk

India

how much pocket money did you use to get when you were ten year old ?



I am very used to performing well on stage.

04:04 AM Sep 29 2013 |

mahrad3

mahrad3

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i used to study very hard!but now in summer…i am awfully out of it!and i am used to sleeping whole the day and watching movies and spending very little time (like 2hours!)on my lessons!!

03:34 PM Aug 06 2013 |

dayu1

dayu1

Mexico

I used to spent to much time on dance lessons, I broke my knee so now I don’t :(
I’m use to speaking English almost all the time, and i like it :)

09:38 PM Jul 03 2013 |

reemy83

reemy83

Bahrain

I used to fight with my siblings when I was child. I was a good performre to the undertaker player from WWE.

03:17 PM Jun 15 2013 |

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abdirashiid

Somalia

i am used to figth but i am very cool now

04:06 PM Mar 11 2013 |