Used To+Ing/Something


Used To + Ing Explanation

I'm used to something = it is not new or strange for me. Let's see the following examples.
  • Igor lives alone. He doesn't mind this because he has lived alone for 15 years. So he is used to it. He is used to living alone.
  • My new shoes felt a bit strange at first because I wasn't used to them.
  • Our new flat is on a very busy street. I expect we'll get used to the noise but at the moment we find it very disturbing.
  • Fred has a new job. He has to get up much earlier at 6.00.  He find this difficult at present because he isn't used to getting up so early .
  • Igor is used to living alone. (not Igor is used to live alone.)

The Difference Between used to + infinitive  and used to + ing/something.

Do not confuse I am used to doing  with I used to do. They are different in structure and in meaning. to be  used to + ing means isn't strange for me.
  • I am used to (doing)something.
  • I am used to the weather in this country
  • I am used to driving on the left because I've lived in Britain for a long time.

I used to do something means that I did something regularly in the past.  You can 't use this structure for the present.  Let's see the following examples.
  • These days I usually stay in bed until late. But when I had a job, I used to get up early.
  • When I was single, I used to walk very fast. Now I don't. My wife walks very slowly.

Exercise

In this exercise you have to  complete sentences with to be used to doing or used to do.
  1. When I was a child, ( I used to go, I am used to going ) swimming in the river.
  2. Johny once went to Alaska. It was too cold for him. ( He was not used to living, He didn't use to live ) in cold temperature.
  3. I'm American. ( I'm used to driving, I used to drive ) on the right.
  4. My best friend ( is used to drinking , used to drink ) tea when he was a child.
  5. I ( am used to, used to ) the weather in this country. So, I feel comfortable with it.

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