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A composition by a student of mine:
Once you are used to using computers, you won't feel like wirting a long letter by hand.


What do you native speakers think about the composition? Is it acceptable? IMO, 'are' here is kind of strange. I should be 'get' or 'become'.
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Hello, Taka!

How about:
"Once you are used to word processing, you won't feel like handwriting a long letter/writing a long letter by hand"?
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To Taka,

I think the sentence should be corrected to:-

"Once you are used to computers, you won't feel like writing a long letter by hand. "
You can substitute "are" with "get" or "become" and it would still mean the same.
You can also rewrite the sentence, "You won't feel like writing a long letter by hand once you are/get/become used to computers."

If you want to use "using" in the sentence, I think the sentence should be written like this:-

"Once you are used to using computers TO WRITE LONG LETTERS, you won't feel like writing ONE by hand."

(BTW, computers can be used for many other purposes beside writing letters.)
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 pieanne's reply was promoted to an answer.
'Are' seems fine to me. It marks the stage at which one 'has got used to using computers', 'has become used to using computers'.

MrP
OK, I understand.

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