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Getting used to using used to

The different forms of "used to" can be confusing. They can cover the past or now or a change.

Let’s look at some common patterns.

1. To talk about an old habit that you no longer do:

I used to go to the gym every day when I was a student.

When I was a student I used to go to the gym every day.

2. To talk about a change in preference:

I used to hate going to the gym but now I really like it.

I never used to go to the gym but now I go twice a week.

3. To talk about a current habit in the positive and negative:

I’m used to going to the gym twice a week.

I’m not used to going to the gym.

4. To talk about a developing habit or one you’ve made:

I’m getting used to going to the gym twice a week.

I’ve got used to going to the gym twice a week.

5. To talk about a habit that you can’t develop:

I can’t get used to going to the gym.

I’ll never get used to going to the gym.

Get used to using used to by making sentences – like the ones above – that are personal and so easy for you to remember.

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© Christina Wielgolawski