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differences between be used to and get used to Hi guys. I don't understand what are differences between "be used to" and "get used to"? They mean that we have habits in the past and it doesn't happen at the present or future?
May 17, 2019 11:41 AM
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They are completely different in meaning. There's no real relationship between the two. Treat them almost as if they were single words: each phrase has a meaning that is not a combination of the meanings of the words in it.

"Used to" refers to a habit or custom that you did in the past. 

"To drive to Malden, I used to take route I-93, but I decided Route 128 was better, so now I take Route 128."

"I used to eat a lot of bread, but now I am trying to cut down on carbs and I avoid it."

"Get used to" refers to something that once seemed difficult, or uncomfortable. But after a while, with practice, it become easier and more comfortable.

"Espresso coffee tastes strong and bitter at first, but after you get used to it, you will love it and you won't want to drink anything else."

"I still don't like wearing a tie, but it doesn't seem so bad now that I've gotten used to it."

By the way, in speech, the "s" is pronounced as a normal "s," not like a "z." The "d" is hardly pronounced. And the "o" in "to" is pronounced as a schwa (indefinite vowel). Thus, in casual conversation, the pronunciation is more like "yoosta" than "uzed too."

May 17, 2019
From my perspective used to means you don't do the action anymore, and get used to means you are going to became familiarize with the action 

May 17, 2019

In a general sense the difference is:

Used to is for a habit in the past

Get used to is for a habit that is being created right now

May 17, 2019

There are four similar phrases with different meanings.

1 - to use (to take or hold something to accomplish a task)

I used a saw to cut the wood.  ("used" is pronounced as "youzzdd" IPA [juzd].)

2 - to be used to (to be accustomed to)

I live in Canada.  I am used to -20C in the winter.  I am accustomed to -30C in the winter.

(As Dan Smith noted, "used to" is pronounced "youssto" IPA [justu].)

3 - to get used to (to get accustomed to)

I live in Canada, but I will move to Cuba.  I will get used to 40C in the summer.  I will get accustomed to 40C in the summer.

(Again, "used to" is pronounced "youssto" IPA [justu].)

4 - used to (verb) (habit or state in the past that is no longer true)

I used to be single.  [but now I am married]

My father used to work in the factory.   [but now he is retired]

(Again, "used to" is pronounced "youssto" IPA [justu].)

May 17, 2019

It sounds like you're mixing up "used to do something" and "be/get used to". To "be used to" something means to be comfortable with it; to "get used to" something means to become comfortable with it.


"The town I live in is very small, but I'm used to it." - Some people might not like living in a very small town, but because I've lived here for a long time, I'm comfortable with it.

"My new job has long hours, but I'm getting used to it." I'm still not really comfortable working such long hours, but I'm more comfortable with it than before.

You might also see "I'm not used to _________." = I don't usually __________, so it's difficult/uncomfortable/annoying.

May 17, 2019
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