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Hello,

What do you think of this sentence:

A. I am used to getting up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

The previous sentence means:

B. I usually wake up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

Do I really need to switch to:

C. I used to get up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

Thanks for your contribution.

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wake up ~ You are not sleeping anymore. It doesn't mean that you have gotten up (gotten out of bed) yet.

get up ~ get out of bed (stand up)


(to be) used to : familiar with something so that it seems normal or usual
"be used to" is followed by a noun.

He is used to criticism.
I'm not used to driving this car yet.

Also get used to and become used to:

She quickly got used to the warm weather.
The dog will need a few days to become used to its new home.


used to :
This is "used" followed by a full infinitive.

1 —used to say a situation existed in the past but does not exist now
My grandmother said winters used to be harder here.
2 —used to say something happened repeatedly in the past but does not happen now
We used to go out more often.
They used to eat a lot of junk food but now they only eat healthy foods.

(From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online.)


I think you mean C, but A also makes sense.

CJ

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Magic79What do you think of this sentence:A. I am used to getting up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

It sounds like you don't know what it means when you say you are used to doing something.

Magic79The previous sentence means:B. I usually wake up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

No, the previous sentence does not mean that. It means that you have become inured to getting up at 5, not that you usually do.

Magic79Do I really need to switch to:C. I used to get up at 5 AM every day, but nowadays I get up at 7 AM.

Yes. I assumed that's what you meant all along. The other sentences don't say that. Sentence B is wrong because you can't both usually do a thing and also routinely do a different thing instead.

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Thanks CJ and Anonymous for your replies.

CJ says that A makes sense. It also makes sense to me but sometimes I want to make sure that the reason it makes sense to me is not an L1 interference with L2.

If I may pursue this thread further, how would you explain the difference between USED TO and BE USED TO when the latter is used in the past:

D. I USED TO wake up at 5 AM.

E. I WAS USED TO waking up at 5 AM.

My understanding of the difference between D and E is that:

Sentence D tells of a repeated action in the past that no longer exists but does not talk about any psychological acclimation. So we can say that I used to wake up at 5 AM in the morning but I never got used to waking up such an early hour. I always felt horrible waking up at such time.

Sentence E, however, tells of the psychological acclimation to the act of waking up early in the morning. It means that I felt OK waking up at such an early hour. I was fine with it. I didn't feel horrible waking up so early.

Grammar books don't juxtapose USED TO and WAS/WERE USED TO.

Any thoughts on these two past tense structures?

Magic79

My understanding of the difference between D and E is that:

Sentence D tells of a repeated action in the past that no longer exists but does not talk about any psychological acclimation. So we can say that I used to wake up at 5 AM in the morning but I never got used to waking up such an early hour. I always felt horrible waking up at such time.

Sentence E, however, tells of the psychological acclimation to the act of waking up early in the morning. It means that I felt OK waking up at such an early hour. I was fine with it. I didn't feel horrible waking up so early.

Exactly.

Magic79

how would you explain the difference between USED TO and BE USED TO when the latter is used in the past:

D. I USED TO wake up at 5 AM.

E. I WAS USED TO waking up at 5 AM.

The same as you did, but maybe not quite so well or in such detail. Emotion: smile

Magic79

Grammar books don't juxtapose USED TO and WAS/WERE USED TO.

Any thoughts on these two past tense structures?

I think you've summed them up pretty exhaustively.

'used to' exists only for the past.
(There is no "I will use to", "I have used to", etc.)

'be/get/become used to' can be conjugated in all the tenses, though the present and the simple past are almost always the ones you see. Substitute 'accustomed' for 'used', and you've got the same meaning.

CJ

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