Improve your English today at ANGLOPOD.COM. Hi everyone, I’m Dan and today we’re going to learn the difference between USED TO DO and USED TO DOING in English. The first one is used for talking about past habits but the second one is quite different. We use it to talk about things we are accustomed to. Let’s learn more…
Firstly, we use USED TO to talk about things we did again and again in the past but we don’t do now. So these are repeated habits. Think about things you did every day when you were a child. For example, “I USED TO PLAY football”. This is something I did every day at school. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time now, but I USED TO PLAY football”.
But what does it mean if you say I AM USED TO PLAYING? I’M USED TO PLAYING? You could say “I’M USED TO PLAYING football”. The meaning here is very different. It means that playing football was strange or not normal for you at the beginning, but after lots of practice it now feels normal. You have improved, you like it. You ARE USED TO DOING it. You are accustomed to it.
Here’s another example. “I’M USED TO SPEAKING English now”. This means that at the beginning it was strange or difficult for you, but now after lots of practice you feel more comfortable and it is much easier or normal for you.
ARE you USED TO SPEAKING English now? Does it feel more normal for you now? Go to ANGLOPOD.COM and tell us in the comments. Also, you can tell us about your past habits with USED TO as well. For example, “I USED TO be bad at English but now I’m much better”! See you soon!
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