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    get used to + article queries

    I get used to wearing ring on my hand.

    Please find below my queries regarding the above sentence:-

    1. Should there be an article before the word ring, i.e. a ring or the ring?

    2. Can I change the word "get" to "got" and if so what would be the difference in meaning?

    3. Can I delete the phrase "on my hand"?

    4. Actually what I want to say is "I get used to wearing a ring on my hand. However, I forgot to wear the ring today. So I am feeling a bit uncomfortable now." My problem is I do not like the word "uncomfortable" as I think it is not specific enough. Are there any other words or phrases that can describe my feeling, i.e I got used to do something but I cannot do it now. So I feel .....? I do not think I feel lost as I think lost is a rather strong word. Cany anyone help me?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    1 a ring would suggest the experience of rings in general
    the ring would suggest a particular ring that the listener knows about
    2 got is more logical- talking about the past
    3 Yes, and you wear rings on your fingers

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    3 Yes, and you wear rings on your fingers
    I humbly beg your pardon, sir , but nowadays there are such things as 'toe rings': Toe ring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I humbly beg your pardon, sir , but nowadays there are such things as 'toe rings'
    I think that Tdol mean 'fingers' as opposed to the word 'hands' used by wanka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think that Tdol mean 'fingers' as opposed to the word 'hands' used by wanka.
    I had guessed so. I was just making a point that, depending on the context, it might not be a good idea to delete 'on my hand'.

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    To return to this part of your question:

    Actually what I want to say is "I get used to wearing a ring on my hand. However, I forgot to wear the ring today. So I am feeling a bit uncomfortable now." My problem is I do not like the word "uncomfortable" as I think it is not specific enough. Are there any other words or phrases that can describe my feeling, i.e I got used to do something but I cannot do it now. So I feel .....? I do not think I feel lost as I think lost is a rather strong word.
    I'd say it like this:

    'I'm used to wearing a ring on my finger but I forgot to put it on today. I feel lost without it.'

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    Thank you all for your advice.

    I have the following further queries after reading your replies:-

    1. Is there any situation where I can used the present tense form of the phrase "get used to" or is it that whenever I use this phrase I should only use it in past tense?

    2. Is there any difference in meaning between "I am used to" and "I get used to"?

    Thanks!

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    Quote Originally Posted by wanka View Post
    1. Is there any situation where I can used the present tense form of the phrase "get used to" or is it that whenever I use this phrase I should only use it in past tense?
    Whenever I move to a new country, I find the pace of life strange at first, but I get used to it pretty quickly.
    2. Is there any difference in meaning between "I am used to" and "I get used to"?
    Yes. It's the difference between 'be' and 'get/become'.

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Whenever I move to a new country, I find the pace of life strange at first, but I get used to it pretty quickly.Yes. It's the difference between 'be' and 'get/become'.
    Thank you!

    I think I know what you mean.

    If someone asks me "Does your boss still scold at you everyday?", I can reply "Yes, but I got used to it". However, I cannot say "Yes, but I get used to it". Is my understanding correct? I can use the present tense when I describe something as a matter of fact.

    This question triggers another doubt of mine about the usage of the word "forget". I think the usage is similar to "I get used to". I am confused about such usage because the word "forget" and the phrase "I get used to" have the inherent meaning of referring to something happened in the past. Therefore, I thought there is nothing wrong to use "forget" and "get" in present tense to refer to the past event.

    It now becomes obvious to me that if I am asked by someone that "Do you bring your umbrella with you?" I should answer "Ohh, I forgot" instead of using "I forget". Am I right?

    I am also uncertain about the usage of "understand", if I am asked "Have you done the homework for me?", I should answer "I understood from Peter that he will do the homework for you", but not "I understand ...", right?

    Thanks!

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    Re: get used to + article queries

    Quote Originally Posted by wanka View Post
    If someone asks me "Does your boss still scold at you everyday?", I can reply "Yes, but I got used to it". However, I cannot say "Yes, but I get used to it". Is my understanding correct?
    Yes. You can say, with different meanings, ' I have got used to it', 'I got used to it', or 'I am getting used to it'.

    Note that we don't nomally use 'scold' for what bosses do to employees. We'd probably use 'moan at', 'go on at', tell ... off'.
    I can use the present tense when I describe something as a matter of fact.
    It's more like something that usually happens.

    Please start separate threads for questions about 'forget' and 'understand' or this thread could become rather difficult to follow.

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