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    • Join Date: Sep 2009
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    Used to get/am used to getting

    I was trying to figure out how this works and got so confused I've made a chart. But I've a feeling that it's still wrong. Could anyone untangle this for me please.

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
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    Re: Used to get/am used to getting

    "Used to" means "previously"

    "I am used to" means "I am accustomed to"

    > "I used to get good service here."
    (In the old days, I got good service here.)
    > "I am used to getting good service."
    (It is my customary expectation that I shall receive good service here.)

    > "I used to be treated like a lady."
    (When I was younger, people treated me like a lady.)
    > "I am used to being treated like a lady."
    (I am accustomed to being treated like a lady.)

    > "I used to fish in that pond."
    (Before they put up the fence, I fished in that pond many times.)
    > "I am used to fishing in that pond."
    (That is the pond I customarily visit for fishing.)

    The Captain of the ship said angrily, "I will have you know, my good man, that I am used to having my orders obeyed instantly!"
    (what he customarily expects)

    "Well," sneered the mutineer, "that was in the days before we took over this ship. I guess you'll have to get used to being ignored now."
    (he'll have to form a new expectation)

    The Captain sadly reflected on how the sailors used to leap to obey him.
    (what the sailors did in the past)

    "Excuse me, sir. You can't do that on an airplane."
    "But this is what I'm used to doing." (this is what I customarily do.)
    "Well, you used to be able to do that (in the past, you could do that).
    ut there are new rules about drinking alcohol on airplanes now."

    "I used to walk to work." (in the past, I walked to work)
    "Now I'm used to getting a lift." (now I'm accustomed to getting a ride.)

    I used to hate waking up early, but now I'm used to it."
    (Previously, I hated waking up early. But I have since grown accustomed to it.)
    "Get used to it" is a common expression meaning, "Grow accustomed to it."

    I used to spend money like crazy, but now I'm worried about losing my job."
    "Get used to it. The economy will be rocky for a long time."

    • Join Date: May 2008
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    Re: Used to get/am used to getting

    Great examples, Ann.

    Used to
    'Used to do' is different from 'to be used to doing' and 'to get used to doing'

    Used to do
    We use 'used to' for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens.

    • I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago.
    • Ben used to travel a lot in his job but now, since his promotion, he doesn't.
    • I used to drive to work but now I take the bus.
    We also use it for something that was true but no longer is.

    • There used to be a cinema in the town but now there isn't.
    • She used to have really long hair but she's had it all cut off.
    • I didn't use to like him but now I do.
    to be used to doing
    We use 'to be used to doing' to say that something is normal, not unusual.

    • I'm used to living on my own. I've done it for quite a long time.
    • Hans has lived in England for over a year so he is used to driving on the left now.
    • They've always lived in hot countries so they aren't used to the cold weather here.
    to get used to doing
    We use 'to get used to doing' to talk about the process of something becoming normal for us.

    • I didn't understand the accent when I first moved here but I quickly got used to it.
    • She has started working nights and is still getting used to sleeping during the day.
    • I have always lived in the country but now I'm beginning to get used to living in the city.

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
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    Re: Used to get/am used to getting

    Elegant, well-organized, and exhaustive!

    Excellent answer, Daruma.


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