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    #1

    to be used to something

    - I'm used to having dinner at 2 a.m.
    Does this sentence necessarily convey the idea that, at one moment, it was difficult for me to have dinner at 2 a.m.?
    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: to be used to something

    No. The sentence conveys the idea that you often have it at 2 am/ you quite like that/ you've been doing the same for a long time/ you're likely to keep on doing it.
    The idea that it was once difficult; try "I'm now used to having.." or "I wasn't used to having dinner at 2 am but I am now."

    (I think its a very difficult phrase to explain in English, although we can give examples of how it is often used.)

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    #3

    Re: to be used to something

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Beachboy:

    As the teacher told us, perhaps the best way to understand that expression is through examples, such as these that I have made up.

    1. I am used to having my newspaper delivered to my home each day by 3 a.m. If it is not waiting for me at 3 a.m., I get very upset.

    2. A judge is used to having everyone stand up when she enters the courtroom.

    3. American servers (waiters and waitresses) are used to receiving a tip (extra money) from customers.


    If you want to use a "big" word, try "accustomed": "I am accustomed to the rude service at that store, so I don't let it bother me. The prices are cheap, so it's worth shopping there."

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    #4

    Re: to be used to something

    As the teacher told us
    The teacher has a name - Peedeebee. And Peedeebee is not 'the' teacher, but one of several teachers who respond in this forum.

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    Re: to be used to something

    As the teacher told us
    I take it to mean 'As the above teacher told us'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peedeebee View Post
    I think its a very difficult phrase to explain in English
    It is very easy to understand if translated into my native language.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to be used to something

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I take it to mean 'As the above teacher told us'.
    It's clear what James meant, Matthew. I just happen to think it's more natural to use the person's name.

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    #7

    Re: to be used to something

    I guess James meant to emphasize that the one who told us is a teacher by using 'the teacher' instead of 'Peedeebee'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: to be used to something

    I guess James can speak for himself if he feels the need.

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