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What's the difference with USED TO and BE USED TO in English grammar and vocabulary?


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so this question that we've got what's the difference between used to and be used to it's actually very easy and so we'll have a look at it

'I used to' is the verb okay 'used to' the verb 'I used to do something but now I don't'

what it does is it shows a state or an action in the past that is no longer the case

what it does is it shows a state or an action in the past that is no longer the case for example' when I was at university I used to wake up at 5 00 am but now I wake up at 8 00 am' for example

so we use 'I used to' show that something a state in the past is no longer is different to now 'I used to be a baby but now I’m an adult'

'I used to live at home but now I live in my own place'

'I used to go to school but now I have my own business'

'I used to live in Spain but now I live in Scotland'

so you can see with used to it shows a state or an action in the past that is compared to now and is no longer

'I’m used to' is a little bit different and it shows something in the past that you that made you feel uncomfortable but now it doesn't

so for example we can say 'when I first moved to Bangkok the traffic was really bad it was I was always scared but now I am used to it'

so I’m telling you before I was a little bit scared driving there was too many too much traffic but now I’m it's I’m much more comfortable with it I am used to it

okay another example could be 'when I first moved abroad to Spain I couldn't speak Spanish but I learned and now I am used to it' so it tells you before I was a little bit uncomfortable because I couldn't speak Spanish but I learned and now I can speak Spanish and I’m now very comfortable with it

'when I made these videos at first I didn't I didn't enjoy it I didn't like looking at myself but now I am used to it' okay so before I didn't like it but now I am comfortable with it

so when we use 'I’m used to it' shows a state in the past that made you feel uneasy or not happy or not comfortable but now you are comfortable I am used to it I didn't like it but now I am used to it

'I didn't like the noise but now I am used to it' so that's that that's the main difference

'I used to' shows a state in the past or an action that is no longer now compared to now and 'I’m used to or be used to' shows something that you were uncomfortable with in the past but now you are okay with it

so hope that you understand that leave a couple of sentences below and I’ll check them for you

as always and if you've got any more questions please feel free to leave them below and as always I will check them for you and let's see if we can do a little video for you as well

so my name's Ken I’ll speak to you soon bye for now


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Ajarn Ken is a native English speaker from Scotland in the UK and has been teaching English since the year 2008. Most recently Ken has been teaching, coaching and mentoring university graduates in Bangkok, Thailand to prepare them to successfully pass interviews to be Cabin Crew and Flight Attendants with airlines all over the world

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