UNIT 59. Be/get used to something (I’m used to …)

Australia-22 grammar


Study this example situations:
Lisa is American, but she lives in Tokyo.
When she first drove a car in Japan, she found it very difficult because she had to drive on the left, not on the right.
Driving on the left was strange and difficult for her because:

She wasn’t used to it.
She wasn’t used to driving on the left.

But after a lot of practice, driving on the left became less strange.
She got used to driving on the left.

Now it’s no problem for Lisa:
She is used to driving on the left


I’m used to something = it is not new or strange for me:
– Frank lives alone. He doesn’t mind this because he has lived alone for 15 years. It is not strange for him. He is used to it. He is used to living alone.
– I bought some new shoes. They felt strange at first because I wasn’t used to them.
– Our new apartment is on a very busy street. I expect we’ll get used to the noise, but for now it’s very annoying.
– Diane has a new job. She has to get up much earlier now than before – at 6:30. She finds this difficult, because she isn’t used to getting up so early.
– Barbara’s husband is often away. She doesn’t mind. She is used to him being away.


After be/get used you cannot use the infinitive (to do/to drive, etc.). We say:
– She is used to driving on the left. (not She is used to drive)

When we say “I am used to something, ” to is a preposition, not a part of the infinitive.
So we say:
– Frank is used to living alone. (not Frank is used to live)
– Lisa had to get used to driving on the left. (not get used to drive)


Do not confuse I am used to doing and I used to do:
I am used to (doing) something = it isn’t strange or new for me:
– I am used to the weather is this country.
– I am used to driving on the left because I’ve lived in Japan a long time.
I used to do something = I did it regularly in the past but no longer do it.
You can use this only for the past, not for the present.

The structure is “I used to do” (not “I am used to do”):
– I used to drive to work every day, but these days I usually ride my bike.
– We used to live in a small town, but now we live in Los Angels.