Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 23, 2014

Grammar Guru


Used to vs. Used for

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Listen to the podcast below for an explanation of the different between “used to,” “to be used to,” and “used for.”

 

Essentially:

1) “Used to” refers to things that happened routinely in the past, but not longer occur. This should be followed by the base form of the verb.

used to go to school, but I graduated last year.

I didn’t use to eat meat, but I love chicken now! (*because did is in past, we don’t use the d in used to)

It can also be used to discuss an object’s purpose and should be followed by the base form of a verb.

Cell phones are used to make phone calls.

 

2) “Be used to” means to be accustomed to. This can be followed by a noun or the gerund form of the verb.

She is used to the cold, so this weather does not bother her.

I have gotten used to walking to the office from the highway. I enjoy it now!

 

3) “Used for” also discusses the purpose of an object. This should be followed by the gerund form of the verb.

Cell phones are used for making phone calls.

 

Now, take a short quiz on the uses of used to!

 

For some fun extra practice, watch the following video using “used to”!


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