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Be Used To

Students of English often think used to and be used to are the same, but in fact they are very different.

Look at how the two structures are made.

I
used to
dance.
Subject
+
used to
+
base form of verb

I
am
used to
dancing.
Subject
+
to be
+
used to
+
-ing form of verb

or

I
am
used to
it.
Subject
+
to be
+
used to
+
noun or pronoun

The first sentence (I used to dance) means that I often danced in the past, but I don’t dance now.

The second sentence (I am used to dancing) means that dancing is not a strange or unusual activity for me, and I do it often.

Another form of be used to is get used to. Get used to means become used to.

Living in the new house felt strange at first, but I got used to it.

As you can see, used to and be / get used to are not the same at all.

I used to live in Japan, but I moved to China last year. I am not used to living in China yet. I need more time to get used to the weather in China.