|'used to' / 'get used to'|
from Thailand asks:
I always confuse to be used to and used to, especially the meaning of them. Please kindly show me what the differences are.
When we use used to, we are talking about something which happened regularly or was true at an earlier stage in our lives but which is now over.
Thus, it can only be used in the past tense. If we want to talk about present habits or states, we simply use the present simple tense.
the negative we often say never used to in preference to
didn't use to or used not to - in an informal register.
Study the following examples:
To make questions, we use the normal auxiliary did. Note that used to cannot be used in question tag form. Note also the possible/probable replies to used to questions.
the following examples:
used to + noun or -ing
somebody gets or is used to something, he becomes or
is fully familiar with it. It is no longer strange or awkward. It
can refer to past, present or future experiences. Study the following:
In all of the above examples be or get used to can be replaced by be or become accustomed to which is very similar in meaning, if a little more formal.
through them again using these replacement verbs. So, just to recap