You'll get used to it soon.

Consider the following:
  • I usually go to work by car.
  • I used to go to work by car. (Now I go by bus)
  • I am used to going to work by car.
  • I am getting used to going to work by car.
"Usually" is an adverb like "always", "sometimes", "never" and so on, which we use to describe the frequency of an action.

"Used to" describes a past habit and implies a comparison / contrast with the present.

"be used to + ing" describes something that is normal or not unusual for you.
  • I am used to getting up early. I've been doing it for years.
  • A: Are you used to living alone yet? B: I'm not used to cooking for one person.
"get used to + ing" describes the process of something becoming normal.
  • I think smokers are slowly getting used to going outside for a cigarette.
  • It was difficult at first but I eventually got used to driving on the left.
  • I'd never get used to sleeping just five hours. I need to sleep more.

Check previous posts on the above forms.

Complete the sentences with the verb in brackets using one of the above structures.
  1. He ________________ (have) breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.
  2. He _________________ (have) long hair but he's bald now.
  3. It took me ages _________________ (wear) contact lenses.
  4. She ___________________ (be) an air-hostess so she ______________ (not work) from 9 to 5.
  5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever ________________ (not have) a garden. 
  6. It _______________ (not rain) in July in Madrid.
  7. I _______________ (not give) speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.
  8. I don't want to return to work. I could _______________ (be) on holiday.
  9. I ____________________ (not like) spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.
  10. ________ you ____________ (write) reports in English or do you need more practice?

Comments

Montse said…
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Graham said…
Hi Montse,

As I told you this morning, I have major problems with my laptop. I think there is no hope of it being repaired. For the time being, I'll have to use the computers at the school, which means I can have a well-deserved break this weekend.

That doesn't mean you have to stop commenting. You can send them as usual, it'll just take me longer to get round to doing them.

The last one is fine. The only problem is in 9.

9. I DIDN'T USE TO ......

no "d" on "use to" in negatives or questions:

Did you USE TO collect postcards as a child?

I'll post and correct your other exercise as soon as that class has done it.

Have a nice weekend!
luciti said…
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Graham said…
Hi Luciti,

I'm sure it won't take long for you to get the hang of "get used to".

3. It took me ages to get used to wearing contact lenses.

5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever get used to not having a garden.

Wow! I'm impressed.
Anonymous said…

Hi teacher,

Ok. This is my first time using "GET USED TO" and "USED TO +ING". It´s strange for me to write -ING behind "USED TO". And I think it could be a little chaos if I tried to use it everyday. Anyway, I have tried to do it right. We will see...

Thanks, Graham,

Nuria Vega.


1.He _____USUALLY HAS___________ (have) breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.
2.He ____USED TO HAVE_____________ (have) long hair but he's bald now.
3.It took me ages _____TO GET USED TO WEARING____________ (wear) contact lenses.
4.She _______IS____________ (be) an air-hostess so she _____DOESN´T USUALLY WORK_________ (not work) from 9 to 5.
5.I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever ___GET USED TO DON´T HAVING (??? Oh, my God...)_____________ (not have) a garden.
6.It ___DOESN´T USUALLY RAIN____________ (not rain) in July in Madrid.
7.I ______AM NOT USED TO GIVING_________ (not give) speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.
8.I don't want to return to work. I could ____GET USED TO BEING ___________ (be) on holiday.
9.I ____DIDN'T USE TO LIKE________________ (not like) spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.
10.__ARE______ you __USED TO WRITING__________ (write) reports in English or do you need more practice?
Mario Jiménez said…

Hi Graham

Today in class, we've learnt the differences between "usually, used to and be used to", and i wanted to practice it, so i did this exercise and these are my answers


1)He is used to having breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.
2)He used to have long hair but he's bald now.
3)It took me ages get used to wearing contact lenses.
4)She used to be an air-hostess so she isn´t used to working from 9 to 5.
5)I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever get used to don't havinga garden.
6)It doesnt´t usually rain in July in Madrid.
7)I am not used to giving speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.
8)I don't want to return to work. I could get used to being on holiday.
9)I didn't use to like spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.
10) Do you usually write reports in English or do you need more practice?

Graham, i have a doubt in some sentences because in my opinion for example in sentence 1) you can also say: He usually have breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.

So, the doubt is between usually and be + used to + verb +ing. I have also this doubt in setences: 4,6,7 and 10, so what is the correct form, and what is the clue?

Thanks Graham

Mario


Graham said…
Nuria and Mario,

1. He usually has ... (I think it makes more sense than He is used to having ... because the emphasis is on routine, not on the action being a problem)

3. It took me ages to get used to...

4. Both of your sentences are correct.

5. I don't think i will ever get used to not having ...

6. It doesn't usually rain... - we are talking about the frequency

If we said We aren't used to having rain in July, we mean that it causes difficulty for us.

7. I'm not used to giving... - we are saying that giving a speech isn't easy for us because we don't give speeches that often.

10. I think Are you used to writing reports in English is more appropriate because you are asking if it is a problem, not about the frequency that you write reports.


I hope this makes sense. If not, just ask me after class.

See you in the morning.

Laura Grande said…

1. He used to have breakfast at home...
2. He used to have long hair...
3. It took me ages getting used to wearing contact lenses.
4. She is usually an air-hostess...
5...I will ever getting used to don´t having a garden (¿¿¿???)
6. It doesn´t usually rain in July
7. I didn´t use to give speeches
8. I could getting used to being on holiday
9. I didn´t use to like spinach
10. Are you used to writting reports in english...?
Graham said…
Hi Laura,

1. He usually has breakfast at home but today...

3. It took me ages to get used to wearing contact lenses.

4. She used to be an air-hostess so she isn't used to working from 9 to 5.

5. I don't think I will ever get used to not having a garden

7. I am not used to giving speeches...

8. I could get used to being on holiday.

10. Are you used to wriing reports in English...?


It's tricky but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon.


See you in the morning.

Hi! It's Ana
I have some doubts about negative form.

used to ----- didn't use to
be used to --- be not used to ¿?
get used to---- get used to not ¿?


1. He USUALLY HAS breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.
2. He USED TO HAVE long hair but he's bald now.
3. It took me ages TO GET USED TO WEARING contact lenses.
4. She USED TO BE an air-hostess so she ISN'T USED TO WORKING from 9 to 5.
5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever GET USED TO NOT HAVE a garden.
6. It DOESN'T USUALLY RAIN in July in Madrid.
7. I AM NOT USED TO GIVING speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.
8. I don't want to return to work. I could GET USED TO BEING on holiday.
9. I DIDN'T USE TO LIKE spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.
10.ARE you USED TO WRITING reports in English or do you need more practice?

Anonymous said…
Graham thank you for link BBC about superheroes. I have followed the recomendation you sent by whatsup and it was very interesting for completing with a listening the topic we study in class.

Antonio
Graham said…
Hi Ana,

used to / didn't use to
eg I didn't use to like her but she is one of my best friends now.

be used to / be not used to
eg I'm not used to living in such a noisy neighbourhood. I can't get any sleep.

get used to / not get used to
eg I can't get used to working nights. I much preferred working mornings.


5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever GET USED TO NOT HAVING a garden.


Well done!
Graham said…
Hi Antonio,

The BBC has some great pages, like 6 minute English, that can help you improve your listening skills.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, I´m Sandra, I think that this exercises are complicate for me, but i try to do other similar exercices.
1. He is used to having (have) breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.
2. He used to have (have) long hair but he's bald now.
3. It took me ages I´m getting used to wearing (wear) contact lenses.
4. She usually is (be) an air-hostess so she din´t use to working (not work) from 9 to 5.
5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever I´m not getting used to have (not have) a garden.
6. It usually doesn´t rain(not rain) in July in Madrid.
7. I wasn´t use to giving (not give) speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.
8. I don't want to return to work. I could used to be (be) on holiday.
9. I wasn´t use to liling (not like) spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.
10. Do you usually write (write) reports in English or do you need more practice?
Graham said…
Hi Sandra,

It is a difficult exercise - so don't worry so much. Hopefully, you will learn from your mistakes.


It's Sandra, I think that these exercises are complicated for me, but I'll try to do other similar exercises.

1. He usually has breakfast at home but today he left home without having anything.

3. It took me ages to get used to wearing contact lenses.

4. She used to be an air-hostess so she isn't used to working from 9 to 5.

5. I've been living in a flat for a year now but I don't think I will ever get used to not having a garden.

6. It doesn´t usually rain in July in Madrid.

7. I'm not used to giving / I don't usually give speeches so I'm very nervous about my speech tomorrow.

8. I don't want to return to work. I could get used to being on holiday.

9. I didn't use to like spinach but now it's my favourite vegetable.

10. Are you used to writing reports in English or do you need more practice?