The English form “USED TO” always causes problems! Here’s a guide to help you!
- If you want to say that you repeatedly did something in the past but no longer do in the present, write “USED TO + Infinitive”:
– When I was I child, I USED TO GO to the beach every Sunday.
And in a negative sentence:
– I DIDN´T USE TO GO to the beach
But watch out! We write “USE”, as the infinitive, because we have used the auxiliary verb DID. The same as in “I didn´t play”, NOT “I didn´t played”.
- If you want to say that you do something as a habit in the present, we then use the present simple with USUALLY or NORMALLY:
– I USUALLY play football on Sundays.
And in negative sentences:
– I don´t usually play on Sundays
Or if the subject is third person:
– He doesn´t usually play on Sundays.
- If you want to say that you are accustomed to something, we write “TO BE USED TO” followed by a gerund. Note: “To be used to” is an expression, it is not a tense. And the verb TO BE is always present.
– I AM USED TO WAKING up early in the mornings
– She WASN´T USED TO LIVING alone in a big house.
– She IS USED TO TIDYING UP her classroom after the lesson.
Note: “to be used to” can be followed by a noun:
– I am now used to the noise from the street.
- And finally, if you want to say that you are becoming accustomed to something, we use the same expression but with GET:
– After a few days, she GOT USED TO the noise coming from the street. (It was a process of several days).
– I WILL NEVER GET USED TO WAKING up early because I usually go to bed late.
I hope you have had a lovely summer!!