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'used to' and 'to be used to' in English

A student recently asked me about making sentences with 'used to'.  They asked me, "Is it okay to say, 'We were used to talk every day'?"  I addressed this issue in a blog post with a video and a PDF worksheet (


Is this explanation clear?  Do you have any questions?  I would be happy to help.

May 30, 2014 3:04 PM
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Yes, 'used to' means something in the past that isn't true now or that doesn't happen anymore.  However, 'to be used to' can also mean a habit in the past, present or future:


I was used to staying out late. (past)

I am used to working on computers. (present)

I will get used to living abroad. (future)

May 30, 2014

does "used to" means as something in the past that won't be happened again or only happened in the past  (eg: he used to be small. but now he is very tall) ? and, "to be used to" means like a habit that always a doer did in the past.(eg, i'm used to driving on the right while i was in uk, but i'm driving on the left now). is it true?

May 30, 2014
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