Unit 10: Used to, get used to, be used to

Vidéos pour l’unité 10 de votre livre, Free English Grammar.

Used to + infinitive = avant ou autrefois + imparfait

I used to live in London = avant, je vivais à Londres (je ne vis plus à Londres)
I used to drink whisky = je buvais du whisky (je bois du vin aujourd’hui)
I used to like the Rolling Stones, but they are too old now – Avant, j’aimais les Rolling Stones, mais ils sont trop vieux maintenant.

Quand je vivais en angleterre, je conduisais à gauche – When I lived in England, I used to drive on the left.

Aujourd’hui, je vis en France et je ne conduis plus à gauche – Today I live in France and I don’t drive on the left anymore.

Au début, c’était difficile de conduire à droite. Je devais m’habituer à conduire à droite. – At first, it was difficult to drive on the right. I had to get used to driving on the right.

Conduire à droite n’est plus un problème pour moi. Je suis habituée à conduire à droite. – Driving on the right isn’t a problem anymore. I am used to driving on the right.

to get used to – s’habituer. Il est donc logique que si on doit s’habituer à faire quelque chose, ce n’est pas facile à faire, souvent on utilise ‘get used to’ pour indiquer qu’on a surmonté un problème ou réglé une difficulté. Quand c’est fait, on peut dire, ‘I used to… +ing’.

to be used to (doing, living, working etc) – être habitué ou avoir l’habitude. Les Francophones souvent utilise ‘be used to’ à tort quand il veulent parler des actions habituelles ou quotidiennes.

I am used to reading the newspaper everyday
ne se dit pas anglais. Si on veut dire, ‘j’ai l’habitude de lire le journal tous le jours’, il vaut mieux dire,
‘I read the newspaper everyday’. ou ‘I always/usually read the newspaper’


A few years ago,

I lived in a big city

I used to live in a big city.

Used to + verb (infinitive) something I did in the past but don’t do today.

  • I stopped smoking last year. I used to smoke twenty cigarettes a day.

  • I used to like her a lot, but then she changed. I don’t like her very much now.

  • Before we had children, we used to travel a lot, but now we don’t travel any more.

  • You play the piano, don’t you? – I used to, but I don’t have much time these days.

get used to

In Europe, people drive on the right. In England, people drive on the left.

When I came to England for the first time, it was difficult to get used to driving on the left.

Get used to + verb (-ing) Something that was difficult at first, but becomes normal with

time or practice.

  • When you go to live in a foreign country, it takes time to get used to living there.

be used to

If you have got used to doing something, you can say that you are used to doing it

  • My job was hard at the beginning, but I’m used to it now

  • I’m used to getting up early, but I didn’t like it when I started

  • France is very different from England, but I’m used to living here now

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