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Used to / to be used to
USED TO / To be USED TO + Verb + ing
1) USED TO : More than a past habit, USED TO is a phrase which indicates a contrast with the past. What was true in the past is no longer true ! The reason for the change may be expressed in the sentence, or just suggested.
ex1 : There used to be a bridge over that stream, but it collapsed during the latest floods ...
ex2 : He used to sleep with his Teddy bear ... now, he sleeps with his wife !
USED TO = contrast with the pastt.
2) 'TO BE USED TO + Verb + - ing' or 'TO GET USED TO + Verb + - ing' : = HABIT
Built with the verbs 'be' or 'get' and the preposition TO, the phrase suggests a habit, which is repeated again and again ... This phrase can be built in all tenses (present, past and future)
ex1 : I wasn't used to sleeping on a sofa, but since I arrived here, I've been getting used to it.
ex2 : I'll never get used to being woken up so early ...
TO GET/BE USED TO + VERB + - ing = HABIT
Therefore, it is fundamental to make a difference between the two expressions and to respect their particularities ! That will be your 'mission' in the following exercise !
Good luck !
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