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G.6.3 - Used to

'Used to' for Intermediate Level Students

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Used to is commonly applied to either speak of a past habit or a situation we are accustomed to. However, the structure that follows 'used to' will be determined by the intended meaning.

For example: used to + infinitive = past habit. For example: I used to smoke but not now.

Verb to be + used to + gerund = an accustomed situation. For example: I am used to smoking; I smoke a packet a day.

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."

Using 'used to' for past habits

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I used to snowboard

'I used to ski, but now I snowboard.'