“Use to” and “used to” are related phrases that share a meaning. However, they are not used in the same way.
Use to is a verb that indicates a past action, state, or habit. It is always preceded by “did,” “didn’t,” or “did not.”
Used to is also a verb that indicates a past action, state, or habit, but it is not used with “did,” “didn’t,” or “did not.” It is also used as an adjective to mean “accustomed to.”
These phrases are often confused because the final “d” in “used” and the “t” in “to” seem to blend together in pronunciation, causing them to sound like homonyms. However, it's important to use them correctly, especially in academic writing or professional communication.
Examples: Used to in a sentence
Examples: Use to in a sentence
Terrance has three dogs, so he’s used to training them.
Didn’t you use to play the piano?
I used to babysit during college.
She didn’t use to eat vegetables, but now she loves them.
Use to is a variant of used to that is only used in negative statements, in questions, and to indicate emphasis. Because of this, it’s only used in combination with:
The “d” is omitted because the verb “did” already indicates that the sentence is in the past tense. Other verbs behave the same way (e.g., “he didn’t talk,” not “he didn’t talked”).
Examples: Use to in a sentence Didn’t you use to avoid lactose?
Soumaya didn’t use to eat fruit, but now she eats an apple and pear every day.
I did not use to like cats, but they’ve grown on me.
I use to or I used to
I used to is a phrase used to refer to a past habit. “I use to” is never correct.
Examples: I used to in a sentence I used to smoke cigarettes as a teenager, but I quit forty years ago.
I used to be a teacher, but I now paint for a living.
I used to like Lara, but she has changed.
Used to as a verb
“Used to” is often used as a verb to refer to a past habit, state, or action that’s no longer happening. It modifies the main verb of a clause, which means it acts similarly to a modal verb.
To use this form correctly, combine “used” with the preposition “to” and the infinitive form of a verb (e.g., “talk,” “love,” “write”).
Examples: Used to in a sentence (verb) Deidre used to visit her grandson every week.
I saw a friend whom I used to date in high school.
You used to read a lot.
Used to as an adjective
Used to can also be used as an adjective. In this context, it’s used along with a form of the helping verb “be” (e.g., “you are,” he is”).
Examples: Used to as an adjective Luca is used totraveling because he is a truck driver.
I am not used to eating spicy food.
Is your dog used to being alone?
Get used to it
Get(ting) used to it means “becoming accustomed to it.” “It” replaces a previously specified noun. “Get use to it” is always incorrect.
Examples: Get(ting) used to it My cat really struggled with being alone, but he’s getting used to it now.
There’s always more work to do. Get used to it!
I heard you’re no longer experiencing side effects. Did you get used to it?
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