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    Question Used to Vs Was used to?

    I cannot tell the difference between was used to and used to?
    For e.x. Before she started cycling, she used to/was used to going to work by bus.

    Thanks in advance,
    Christin.

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    Re: Used to Vs Was used to?

    Hi,

    "Used to" means it was a repeated habit or condition of the past. That is what you want in your sentence.

    "Was used to" means that you were comfortable with/familiar with/accustomed to something. You "get used to something" in the process of achieving this comfort/familiarity.

    It is hard to have a roommate because I was used to living alone.
    I love having a roommate. I used to live alone but I never could get used to how quiet it was all the time.
    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 Vs Was used to?

    So in this case it would have been

    Before she started cycling, she was used to going to work by bus.

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    Re: Used to Vs Was used to?

    "Used to" is used with bare infinitives:

    I used to ride horses.

    This sentence means that I rode horses in the past I don't ride them anymore.

    "To be used to something" means to be accustomed to it or familiar with it. We use nouns or gerunds after this phrase:

    I am used to horses.


    This sentence means that you are familiar with horses now.

    I am used to riding horses.


    This sentence means that you accustomed to riding horses now.

    I was used to riding horses.

    This sentence means that you were accustomed to riding horses in the past.

    PS: I was writing this post so long that two new replies have been added since I started! I'll remove the first part.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 19-Feb-2011 at 00:26. Reason: PS added, sentences removed

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    Re: Used to Vs Was used to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Christin93 View Post
    So in this case it would have been

    Before she started cycling, she was used to going to work by bus.
    This sentence is correct grammatically, but what do you think it means?

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    Re: Used to Vs Was used to?

    Does it mean that she was familiar with going to work by bus?

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    Re: Used to Vs Was used to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Christin93 View Post
    Does it mean that she was familiar with going to work by bus?

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