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I used to vs I am used to

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Take a look at the following two sentences. what's the difference in meaning?

"I used to drink green tea."

"I am used to drinking tea."

I used to something

"I used to drink green tea."

"I used to drink green tea", means that, in the past I drank green tea, but now I don't. Used to describes an action that did happen, but doesn't happen now. Check out these great examples:

"When I was young I used to play with dolls, but I don't anymore."
"Before I passed my driving test, I used to cycle everywhere."

I am used to something

"I am used to drinking green tea."

"I am used to drinking green tea", means that, at first drinking green tea was strange and unusual, but now it has become familiar. Be used to describes an action that was, perhaps, difficult and is now easy. "I am accustomed to green tea", has the same meaning. Read on for fantastic examples:

"It took me a while, but I'm finally used to using this new software."
"I'm getting used to the strange smell in the factory."
"I'll never get used to the heat in India."

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  • When I was young, I ___ to play a lot of basketball.

  • I ___ waking up early for my new job.

  • I used to ___ my parents on the weekend.

  • Blackpool in England ___ the most popular tourist destination. These days, English people prefer to go abroad.

  • Did you ___ to work for Softec?

  • She still isn't ___ working at night.

  • Don't worry. You will soon ___ used to cooking for yourself.


Is that easy to know difference between used to and be used to?

When I looked at that explanation , I thought it was not difficult for me. and then I tried to do some exercise , I found that meke me a little bit confused Smile but I am sure, after this exercise, I will never make mistake for both of this.

I am used to visit here

Thanks for the lesson & exercise. Angel Nerd

Have a nice day/night/week/weekend!
Wherever you're far away.

I'm used to visiting here.

Please correct this sentence.


Is it right?

1. used to + infinitive

2. be used to + gerunds


Hi Freebird,

That's right. You got it!


infintives and gerund

HI MacCarThy,
Please really what infinitive and gerund is all about,please can you clear me a bit on that.Thanks

it is easy

Nothing is impossible

Are you used to this site?

Great lesson and exersice, Smile but when I'm in a hurry - it's rather dificult to choose the right form. Worried I hope I'll be used to these forms. Wink


it is very easy

I'm used to smoking cegaret

I'm used to smoking cegaret. it's correct sentence .?

No, The correct is " I used

No, The correct is " I used to smoke cigaret" If you mean now you don't smoke.

used to vs be used to

The previous phrases are different means.

1) I used to drink green tea.
; I had drank green tea, but now I don't drink green tea.

2) I'm used to drinking green tea.
= I am accustomed to green tea.
; The past I didn't drink green tea, but now I can drink green tea.

owh yeah

hahaha, no faults


I have already accustomed to use this site

thank you for all lessons Smile

Nataly the same meaning? The

the same meaning?
The expressions: be used, be getting used and get used have the same meaning? thank you in advance


no mistake!!

good lesson

thank you for good explanation.

a mistake in one of the sentences

I am wondering about a sentence that I believe is incorrect. Can you please advise me on this.

The sentence is on this page and reads as...

It took me WHILE, but I´m finally used to using this new software.

I believe it should read as...

It took me A WHILE, but I´m finally used to using this new software.

I am helping a friend with his english and want him to know the correct way to write and say sentences!!

If you could let me know if it is a mistake and if NOT can you please give me an explaination as to how it is correct??!!

Thanks so much!! Kim

You're right. The mistake

You're right. The mistake has been fixed. It was a typo. Sad

Thanks for pointing that out.


used to

Thank you for your helpful lessons


 wow, all correct no mistakes. Thanks a lot! :)


It was helpful for me.
thank you.