USED TO AND İS USED TO

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craterus

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what is the difference between is used to and used to?
 

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John used to play football => Meaning it has been a long time that John did not play football/ John played football a long time ago

Mark is used to playing football => That means Mark plays football very often
 

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is it necessery to add ing after is used to?
 

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what is the difference between is used to and used to?

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Hello, Craterus.

(1) USED TO

Newspapers used to be read by many people in the United States.
(No more. Now many people get their news in other ways.)

Tom used to have a lot of hair. (No more. Now he is bald.)

Country X used to be ruled by Country Y. (No more. Now Country X is independent.)

(2) BE USED TO

Mrs. Smith has three babies. She is used to hearing a lot of crying every day. It does not surprise her.

Mr. Jones is used to driving many miles every day from home to work, and from work to home. It does not surprise him.

In my country, we are NOT used to having the lights go out. If the lights go out, we ARE very surprised and angry. We expect electricity 24 hours a day 7 days a week. That is what we are used to having.

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is it necessery to add ing after is used to?

I believe that there are cases where the -ing would not be used. For instance, might we not say, "She is used to the current method of doing those kinds of math problems"?
 

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Only a noun can follow "be used to." Gerunds (verbs with -ing endings) are nouns, but not all nouns are gerunds.
 
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