Podcast
Don't Confuse These: Be used To & Get Used To
Прослушало
81

Don't Confuse These: Be used To & Get Used To

LEVEL 3, 4 |

Don't Confuse These is a series of very short podcasts about words we may confuse. 

 

This episode is longer than usual, and focuses on be used to & get used to.

Listen to this podcast and find out the difference!

 

Voiced by Sophia Pelivanova

Словарь Ножницы Перевод Значение Замена

Don't Confuse These: Be used To & Get Used To

Hello, guys!

I've been on vacation for the past several weeks, so I kind of let myself have a lie-in every day. At first, it was unusual for me, but then I got used to it. My body adjusted its rhythms, and after that I couldn't fall asleep earlier than 2 a.m.

So before my vacation, I had to wake up at 7 a.m. every morning. I didn't like it, but I felt fine, because my body was used to it.

What does 'be used to' mean?

Yes, you're right! It means 'be okay with something', it means that I've done it so many times that it no longer seems difficult or surprising. So I was used to getting up early.

What form do we use after 'be used to'?
You're absolutely right! We use the gerund. So the form is “be used to + gerund”.

Are you used to getting up early?
What are you used to eating for breakfast?

Recently I've started having a cup of coffee for breakfast. It was hard to make the coffee at first, because I don't have a special machine, but then I got used to it. Now I'm totally used to making coffee in the morning.

So I got used to having coffee.

What does 'get used to something' mean?

Yes, of course! It means that a situation wasn't familiar, but it's getting familiar. This situation is becoming habitual.

I got used to drinking coffee.

What form do we use after 'get used to'?

Sure! We use the gerund, just like with 'be used to'.

So the form is “get used to + gerund”.

What have you got used to recently? Was it difficult to make this adjustment?

So now, tell me, what is the difference between these sentences:

I'm used to having coffee every morning.

I'm getting used to having no sugar in my coffee.

Ready?
So, I'm used to having coffee means that I have coffee every day and it's my habit, this situation is comfortable for me.

My doctor told me that I had to go on a sugarless diet. So now I have to drink coffee without sugar. I'm used to coffee with sugar, but now I have to get used to having coffee without sugar.

So what is the difference between these sentences?

I'm used to coffee with sugar.

I'm getting used to having no sugar in my coffee.

Ready?
So, I'm used to coffee with sugar means that I have coffee with sugar every day, and it's my habit, it's a situation which is familiar to me.

I'm getting used to having no sugar means that I need to make an adjustment, it means that I have to stop having sugar and start having sugarless coffee. I need to change and start having no sugar, and I need to make this situation familiar.

Once I'm comfortable with having no sugar, I can say that I'm used to having no sugar in my coffee.
What goes after 'be used to' in this sentence?
You're right! It's a noun! Coffee is a noun. I'm used to coffee.
So we can use a noun OR the gerund after 'be used to' and 'get used to'.

Are you used to your room?

Great! Now you know the difference between “get used to” and “be used to”.
Good luck! Улыбаюсь