How to Use: Used To vs. Get Used To vs. Be Used To

Jun 7, 2017 | 41 comments

Confusing Words Made Simple

  • I used to wake up every morning at 5:00 a.m.
  • I am used to waking up every morning at 5:00 a.m.

Those two sentences look and sound very similar, don’t they? But are they? Is there a difference between those two sentences?

If you are reading those sentences, again and again, trying to identify the correct answer, you’re not alone. They definitely are confusing. Maybe even frustrating. And then, what if I told you we have another similar expression?

  • I got used to waking up every morning at 5:00 a.m. 

I know. Used to. Be used to. Get used to. It’s okay if you just thought, “What is wrong with English????” We all think that sometimes.

But here’s the good news about these confusing expressions: after you watch the video, you won’t ask that question. You’ll look at those three sentences and say, “I know exactly what they mean and how to use them!”

Here’s what we cover in today’s Confident English lesson:

First, we’ll answer the important question: do these expressions mean the same thing or are they different? Then you’ll learn the exact meaning of used to, be used to, and get used. And finally, we’ll talk about some key grammatical patterns you should follow so you can communicate clearly and correctly.

Most importantly, you’ll be able to use these common expressions that native speakers use every day. And you’ll be able to do it with confidence.

Making complicated English simple. One lesson at a time.

Lesson by Annemarie

Now I’d love to hear from you. 

Don’t waste an opportunity today to get some practice. Take a few minutes after the video lesson to share some of your own examples.

Number 1: Tell me about something you used to do. Remember, this focuses on the past. You should talk about something that is no longer happening.

And number 2: Tell me about something you are used to (or have gotten used to). Was there something new that happened in your life and you needed some time to become accustomed to it? What was it?

I look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to read comments from others as well. You might learn something new!

~ Annemarie

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