Hey, friends. Welcome back to 30 days of English. I’m Lee with SHUT UP AND SPEAK ENGLISH. Today is day 3.
Today we’re going to talk about the differences between used to and am used to. I’m going to tell you the differences between the two, and then give you some examples.
Used to: which is what native English speakers use just to talk about something that happened in the past. I can say “I used to work in a restaurant”, in the past I worked in a restaurant, now it’s completely over and it has nothing to do with present. In the past, I used to work in a restaurant, now I don’t.
Whenever you talk about events that happened a long time ago but don’t normally happen now, you should use this formula. For example:
- I used to play football all day long when I was a child.
This means that you played football all day long when you were a child, but now you are much busier and you have no time to play football for such a long time. If you do play, it usually lasts for only one or two hours. Here is another example:
- I used to smoke when I was a high school student.
When you were a high school student you smoked, but later you realized that it was very harmful to your health. So you gave up.
If you understood why and when we use the ‘used to + verb’ form, let’s now talk about three different ways to use it.
I used to smoke when I was in the army.
I didn’t use to smoke when I was in the army. (Pay attention, it is ‘use’ not ‘used’)
Did I use to smoke when I was in the army? (Pay attention, it is ‘use’ not ‘used’)
Am used to: “I’m used to waking up early for work” what that means is that for me, waking up early to go to work is normal, waking up early to work is ok with me. I do this every day, so it’s like a normal day for me. I use “Am used to” to talk about things that most people think aren’t great, but I think are okay. Like I’m used to waking up early, most people hate waking up early.
You use this form whenever you talk about your present habits. For example, you might say:
- I am used to getting up early in the morning.
This means that it is your habit to get up early in the morning. You always get up early. So now let’s discuss the three ways to use this construction.
I am used to running every morning. (Notice: to be + used to + verb + ing)
I am not used to running every morning. (Notice: to be + not + used to + verb + ing)
Am I used to running every morning? (Notice: to be + subject + used to + verb + ing)
That’s it. Hope it has helped you. If you like it, give it a like and make sure to share with your friends. Have a good one.