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Getting Used To New Beginnings

October 22, 2021

  • What did you use to do on weekends?
  • What changed?
  • Was it a difficult change to get used to?
  • Are you used to your new routine now?

If these questions are confusing, don't worry! It's perfectly normal to have trouble understanding the differences between "used to," "get used to," and "be used to."

Here's a handy cheat sheet to help you see the differences:

My Sentences

Here are a few examples from my own life:

  1. I used to live in San Francisco, but now I live in Phoenix.
  2. When I moved to Arizona, I had to get used to the hot weather.
  3. I am not used to driving everywhere.
  4. In my old neighborhood, I used to walk to my favorite cafe every weekend.
  5. I used to live with roommates. I am still getting used to living with my boyfriend.
  6. We are hoping to move again! Soon, we'll have to get used to a new city!

What Do You Think?

Have another look at my sentences, and then answer the following questions for each one:

  • Is the sentence about the past, present, or future?
  • Is each sentence about the past referring to something that happened once or many times?

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  • What is something you used to do regularly in the past, but don't do anymore?
  • What is something you didn't use to do before, but have gotten used to doing recently?
  • What is something familiar that you are used to doing because you've been doing it for a long time?
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Comments (4)

Thamilraj T.(Student)

I used to go to work by bike.
I didn’t use to eat beef but now I have gotten used to eating beef.
I am used to living in Canada.

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Lara Henerson(ESL Library Staff)

Fabulous!

Paulina M.(Student)

Hi
I used to act in the theatre company at the University.
I didn't use to drive during snowfall, but I have to gotten used to driving in the wintertime.
I am used to working in Food Companies. I have been working in three different companies in Canada.

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Lara Henerson(ESL Library Staff)

Wonderful! I love theatre!

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