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    used to being

    Please would you correct my mistakes in these sentences. I am wondering about "used to being." What kind of form is that? Is it maybe the passive?

    1. Anna was used to being pampered since her childhood.
    2. The old woman never got used to being alone.

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    Re: used to being

    "Used to" means "accustomed to."

    I was accustomed to getting my own way.
    I was used to getting my own way.
    It was normal and expected for me to do things the way I wanted to do things.
    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 being

    As Barb said, "used to" in those uses means "accustomed to". In other uses, it means "was in the habit of".

    I used to mow my lawn every Saturday in the summer.
    I used to drink beer, but now I drink whiskey.

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    Re: used to being

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    1. Anna was used to being pampered since her childhood.
    Should 'was' be replaced with 'had been' or 'has been'?

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    #5

    Re: used to being

    That is OK but it changes the meaning.

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    Re: used to being

    With all respect, your answers did not answer my question. I know what "use to" means, but I am not sure about the form "use to being".

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    Re: used to being

    Barb answered you question in post 2. Just put "being" after "accustomed to". And it is "used to", not "use to".

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    Re: used to being

    Hello, Bassim.

    "be used" and "get used" look like the passive construction. However, it isn't in this case.
    'used' (in 'used to doing something') is an adjective: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/used_1

    I hope it helps.

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    Re: used to being

    The OP may mean 'being pampered' is in the passive voice.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: used to being

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The OP may mean 'being pampered' is in the passive voice.

    Not a teacher.
    Hmmm.
    Maybe, maybe not.

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