“be used to” to talk about familiarity with situations

 Be used to + gerund


We use the verb form of “be” to indicate the Tense (time) of the situation + used to + infinitive


  • Present: I am used to getting up very early every day
  • Past: At school I was used to doing two hours of homework everyday
  • Future: After one month living in Germany I will be used to hearing people speaking German all the time.

This form is used in situations when things change and now we are accustomed to the new situation

Last month I started work at 9 o’clock, now I start at 6.00am. It was hard to change my habits but now “I am used to leaving home at 5.30am”. My body clock has changed and I don’t have problems waking up early.


“Sarah isn’t used to calling” her teacher by her first name in Spain. In England “she was used to calling” her teachers by their surnames


In 1991 I moved from England to Germany. In England they drive on the left-hand side of the road and in Germany on the right. At first it was difficult but soon “I was used to driving on the right-hand side of the road”


Next month John is going to start teaching in a secondary school, I am sure that “he will be used to remembering all his students’ names after a few weeks”

To see how we use “to use” in its general sense look at: Correct usage of \”to use\”

To see how we use “used to + infinitive” look at: Correct usage of \”used to + infinitive\”

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