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    When do we use "used to + infinitive" and when do we use "used to + gerund"?
    E.g: We used to ride. vs. We used to riding.
    What is the difference between them?

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    Re: Used to

    'We used to riding' is incorrect.

    We used to ride - It was our custom in the past to ride; we no longer ride.

    We are used to riding - Riding is something we are familiar with; it is not new or strange to us.

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    Re: Used to

    Oh. So we need are before used to riding. Now I get it. Thank you so much! :)

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    Re: Used to

    But please not the difference in meaning between We used to and We are used to. The latter does not work for past habits!

    *When we were children we are used to ride horses at our grandparents' farm, for example, is NOT grammatical.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    Oh. So we need are before used to riding. Now I get it. Thank you so much! :)
    Yes, you need "are" or something else. "Used to riding" works like an adjective so we use it like one:

    I have to get used to riding.

    People used to riding are not common nowadays.

    You seem used to riding.

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Yes, you need "are" or something else. "Used to riding" works like an adjective so we use it like one:

    I have to get used to riding.

    People used to riding are not common nowadays.

    You seem used to riding.
    BC, you meant noun, not adjective, right?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    BC, you meant noun, not adjective, right?
    No, why? I meant adjective...

    I am used to riding.

    I am pretty.

    "Used to riding" is a feature of "I", so it's an adjective, isn't it?

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But please not the difference in meaning between We used to and We are used to. The latter does not work for past habits!

    *When we were children we are used to ride horses at our grandparents' farm, for example, is NOT grammatical.
    Yes, I understand it.

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    Re: Used to

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    No, why? I meant adjective...

    I am used to riding.

    I am pretty.

    "Used to riding" is a feature of "I", so it's an adjective, isn't it?
    Okay, I thought you were referring to the -ing part.
    I am used to the heat.
    I am used to feeling hot.
    I am used to horses.
    I am used to riding horses.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devonpham1998 View Post
    When do we use "used to + infinitive" and when do we use "used to + gerund"?
    E.g: We used to ride. vs. We used to riding.
    What is the difference between them?

    Thanks!
    Dev
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