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    control or controlling?

    Hello,

    What's the difference between,

    used to control me and used to controlling me?

    why use controlling??

    thank you

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    Re: control or controlling?

    "controlling me" just doesn't seem correct.It is only correct when one uses it in a sentence like this ;" By the time I got used to doing it... " . That is to say if you want to use "controlling me" with "used to" , what you mean by this is the same with "accustomed to".

    But it is still better to wait for a native speaker to confirm what I mentioned above

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    #3

    Re: control or controlling?

    What if I say "it is your solution to controlling"
    Is it correct? why use controlling not control?


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    Re: control or controlling?

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Hello,

    What's the difference between,

    used to control me and used to controlling me?

    why use controlling??

    thank you
    You might have two different structures mixed up here, Mike.

    She used to control me means that in the past she controlled me.

    Subject + used to [do something].

    It's the same as,

    I used to live in London/I used to smoke/I used to drink beer/I used to be married [tough life, eh? ]

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    used to controlling me may be "S is use to doing something"

    She hated Japanese food but after a a few months in Japan she got use to it. = became familiar with and changed in some positive manner with respect to {___}.

    My new job was very difficult for the first week but now I'm use to following the routine and it's really easy now.

    So maybe this is the intended meaning. It would help if you had a full sentence and a larger context.

    "She is use to controlling me. She does this so much that I can't function on my own anymore.

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    Exclamation Re: control or controlling?

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    What if I say "it is your solution to controlling"
    Is it correct? why use controlling not control?
    Yes, you can say that by using gerund form of the verb control, but without the expression "used to", as in the following sentence:
    The Fountain pen, it is your solution to boring writing!

    Let me clarify a bit futher what albeit has explained:
    She used to control me. Here ‘used to’ is as a phrasal verb meaning; a habit of the past but no longer happening now.
    As albeit explained the sentence structure is: Subject + used to [do something (control)]. Control is the verb indicating action.
    Now let us change over to different structure:
    With experience she might regain her past habit of getting used to controlling me.
    It means she can regain her past habit with experience. Here the underlined expression is prepositional phrase complimenting the object habit. Controlling is a gerund being object of the preposition ‘to’

    I hope this helps.


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