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    wait for buses

    Can you explain the grammatical structure of this sentence:

    1) I am used to waiting for buses.

    2) I am used to wait for buses – Why is it not correct??

    3) “ I am used to” means the things we did in the past but we have no longer do it anymore?? How this phrase relates to preposition phrase??

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    Re: wait for buses

    Quote Originally Posted by tomolonight View Post
    Can you explain the grammatical structure of this sentence:

    1) I am used to waiting for buses. (This shows "getting the habit of waiting for buses".)

    2) I am used to wait for buses – Why is it not correct??
    (I used to wait for buses. It shows "I always waited for buses in the past time.

    3) “ I am used to” (I used to V-1)means the things we did in the past but we have no longer do it anymore?? How this phrase relates to preposition phrase??
    I am used to V-ing.
    I used to V-1.
    Hope that help you.

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    Re: wait for buses

    2) I am used to wait for buses – Why is it not correct??
    This is one of the FAQ's in this forum.

    I am used to (something, a noun)
    not
    I am used to (action, verb)

    That something is waiting (gerund)

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    Re: wait for buses

    There are two different meanings:

    used to: describing an action or state of affairs that was done repeatedly in the past, or existed for a period in the past
    "This road used to be a dirt track."
    "I used to give him a lift to work, but he has a motorbike now."

    and


    to be used to//to get used to: be or become familiar with someone or something through experience
    "He was used to hard work/working hard."
    (he + to be(=was) +used to +....)

    "It sounds really deafening now, but you get used to the noise after a while."
    (you +to get+ used to +.....)

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    Re: wait for buses

    [QUOTE=David L.;331873]
    to be used to//to get used to: be or become familiar with someone or something through experience
    "He was used to hard work/working hard."
    (he + to be(=was) +used to +....)


    My question is:
    1) '...to working hard' - why it needs ' -ing'?

    2) He is used to work hard now. (not correct??)


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    Re: wait for buses

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    [quote=David L.;331873]
    to be used to//to get used to: be or become familiar with someone or something through experience
    "He was used to hard work/working hard."
    (he + to be(=was) +used to +....)


    My question is:


    Try:

    Thanks Whitemoon, tedtmc, David L.

    I'd like to ask a few more questions:

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    Re: wait for buses

    [quote=tomolonight;331898]
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    to be used to//to get used to: be or become familiar with someone or something through experience
    "He was used to hard work/working hard."
    (he + to be(=was) +used to +....)


    My question is:
    1) '...to working hard' - why it needs ' -ing'?

    2) He is used to work hard now. (not correct??)
    I can't explain exactly, but as a non-native speaker, what I understand is that's fixed pattern.
    used to V-1
    be used to Noun/V-ing
    Hope that help you!

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