Unit 5.1

To be used to Interrogative


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Introduction

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

The interrogative form is used to ask questions about the subject’s customs.

Form

To be used to, in its interrogative form, has this structure:
To be + subject + used to + [verb + ing]/pronoun/noun phrase + …?

To Be Subject Used To Gerund Question
Mark
Am I used to working ?
Are you used to working ?
Is he/she/it used to working ?
Are we/you/they used to working ?

Example

  • Am I used to being famous?
  • Are you used to working late at night?
  • Is she used to travelling a lot?
  • Are we used to staying up late?
  • Are you used to driving? 
  • Are they used to washing dishes?

Use

The structure to be used to asks, in its interrogative form, for things or activities someone is familiar with or accustomed to.

Summary

To be used to, in the interrogative form, asks for habits and customs that are familiar to us.

When we use to be used to in its interrogative form, we start with the verb to be followed by the subject and used to and a verb that ends with -ing or a pronoun or a noun phrase (the sentence ends with a question mark).

For example:
— “Are you used to having breakfast early in the morning?” = We ask if having breakfast in the morning is the habit of the subject or not.

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

For example:
— “Are you used to having breakfast early in the morning?” = We use to be used to to ask if the subject is accustomed to the action now.
♦ “Did you use to have breakfast in the morning?“= We use to use to to ask if the action happened in the past, since it doesn’t happen anymore (“Did you used to have breakfast early in the morning?” = The past tense here is already shown with did).

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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