Unit 5.1

To be used to Affirmative


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Introduction

To be used to is a structure used to express habits and customs that are familiar to us.

When expressed in its affirmative form, the verb confirms that the subject has some customs.

Form

To be used to, in its affirmative form, has this structure:
Subject + to be + used to + [verb + -ing]/pronoun/noun phrase  + …

Subject To Be Used To Gerund
I am used to working
You are used to working
He/She/It is used to working
We/You/They are used to working

Short forms of the affirmative form are the same as the short forms of to be: I’m – you’re – he’s…

Example

  • I am used to singing in front of a crowd.
  • You are used to travelling alone. 
  • My sister is used to studying all night long. 
  • We are used to the noise of the city.
  • You are used to the cold.
  • They‘re used to working in a big, modern city.

Use

The structure to be used to confirms, in its affirmative form, things or activities someone is familiar with or accustomed to.

Summary

To be used to, in the affirmative form, confirms habits and customs that are familiar to us.

When we use to be used to in its affirmative form, we start with the subject followed by the structure to be used to and a verb that ends with -ing or a pronoun or a noun phrase.

For example:
“You are used to having breakfast early in the morning.” = Breakfast is the habit of the subject.

NOTE: Don’t confuse it with to use to, that could appear only in sentences that are already in the past tense.

For example:
— “You are used to having breakfast early in the morning.” = We use to be used to to express an action to which the subject is accustomed to now.
♦ “You used to have breakfast early in the morning.” = We use to use to to express an action that happened in the past, but doesn’t happen anymore.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

Exercises

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