Hi!

can someone correct me the following sentences:

- I got used to this situation

- I did not get used to this situation

- I ll never get used to this situation

- I m not going to get used to this situation

Are these sentences correct?

AND

"I m used to this situation" is a mistake?

Thank you very much
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They are all correct, including I'm used to this situation.

CJ
Thanks !

Could you mention some synonyms for this verb?

Thank you in advance

Pamela
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Dear CJ

I'm dubious whether we have present form for USED TO or not.

Because I checked it in my grammar reference and once said that there is no present form for used to and on the other page has mentioned that " if a person is used to something, it is familiar; he or she has experienced it so much that it is no longer strange or new.E.g: I've lived in central London for six years now, so I'm used to the noise.

So would you please rationalize this.

Thank you

Iman
Dear Pamela81,

accustom is another word for used to.

E.g:

1. It took a while for me to accustom myself to all the new rules and regulations. (here accustom is verb)

2. We were accustomed to working togrther.( here it's adjective)

3. Her eyes quickly became accustomed to the dark. (adjective)

Hope it helps

Iman
I've lived in central London for six years now, so I'm used to the noise.

I'm used to this situation.

There is no difference in the meaning of be used to in the two sentences above. As you already pointed out, to be used to means 'to be familiar with' or 'to be accustomed to'.

You may be confusing two separate idioms with 'used'. In the first idiom, illustrated above, a form of the verb be precedes 'used', and 'to' is a preposition that introduces a noun or gerund. Both the present and the past are possible.

He is/was used to

I am/was used to

We are/were used to | this situation / the noise / drinking wine / speaking English

You are/were used to

They are/were used to

In the second idiom, illustrated by We used to spend time Florida every summer, there is no form of be before 'used', and to is an infinitive marker. A verb must follow. This idiom expresses habitual action in the past.

He

I

We used to | take vitamins / visit Grandma / like beef / keep peanut butter in the fridge

You

They

Neither of these is the non-idiomatic (normal) verb 'use', which is shown below:

I use this knife to cut bread.

This knife is used to cut bread.

They used that paint this morning.

You can combine either of the idioms above with the non-idiomatic 'use':

I am used to using this knife to cut bread. Idiom 1 with normal 'use'.

I used to use this knife to cut bread. Idiom 2 with normal 'use'.

Confusing enough for you? Emotion: smile

CJ
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Emotion: big smileEmotion: big smile too many examples, I must take my time and think :-)

Anyway, what catched my attention was the following phrases:

"I am used to usING" The form ING seems strange to me.... I would say "I m used to use"

and also the repetition of " I m USED to USE"

Btw if you write this I guess it s correct :-)

Thanks

Pamela
Pamela81the repetition of " I m USED to USE"
There is no I'm used to use. Where do you see that?

By the way, it is not I m. It's I'm. Please be sure to use the apostrophe.

CJ
Hi!

I read :

I am used to using this knife to cut bread. Idiom 1 with normal 'use'.

and I wrote

I m used to using ......

I thought that apostrophe can be omitted.... or maybe I m just lazyEmotion: big smile

Thank you for the remark!

Pamela
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