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    accustom oneself to something (isn't it used these days?)

    Hello teachers,

    This is written in my grammar book:

    Nowadays, we normally use be/get accustomed to something. The alternative, accustom oneself to something, is disappearing.

    Source: ABC of Common Grammatical Errors by Nigel D Turton.

    Is the book write right? Isn't the term accustom oneself to something these days?
    I searched it in the forum but the result was not useful.

    Many thanks in advance.
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    Re: accustom oneself to something (isn't it used these days?)

    The book is correct, or right [not "write"]. You rarely hear the term accustom oneself to something these days.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: accustom oneself to something (isn't it used these days?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    The book is correct, or right [not "write"]. You rarely hear the term accustom oneself to something these days.
    I disagree. I hear it and use it.

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    Re: accustom oneself to something (isn't it used these days?)

    Dear bhaisahab
    That's interesting to hear. After reading your comment, I thought long and hard about when I last heard the expression used in spoken English, or used it myself - and I have drawn a blank. That's the beautiful diversity of the English language. Or perhaps [more likely] my memory is not what it was.....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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