USED TO, BE USED TO + V -ing

Exercise-1

Put the verb into the correct form:
-ing or infinitive (I am used to doing or / used to do).
Examples: Jane had to get used to driving on the left. (drive)
Bill used to be very fit. Now he’s in terrible condition. (be)

1. When I was a child, I used to __ swimming every day. (go)
2. It took me a long time to get used to __ glasses. (wear)
3. There used to __ a cinema on this corner but it was knocked down. (be)
4. I’m the boss. I’m not used to __ told what to do. (be)
5. You’ll have to get used to __ less if you want to lose weight. (eat)
6. I used to __ Ann but now she gets on my nerves. (like)
7. Ron got tired very quickly. He wasn’t used to __ so fast. (run)
8. Tom used to __ a lot of coffee when he was a student. (drink)
1. go 2. wearing 3. be 4. being 5. eating 6. like 7. running 8. drink

Exercise-2

Add an appropriate form of be if necessary. If no form of be is necessary,
leave the space blank.

1. I have lived in Malaysia for a long time. I __ used to consistently warm weather.
2. I __ used to live in Finland, but now I live in France.
3. I __ used to sitting at this desk. I sit here every day.
4. I __ used to sit in the back of the classroom, but now I prefer to sit in the front row.
5. When I was a child, I __ used to play games with my friends in a big field near my
house after school every day.
6. It’s hard for my children to stay inside on a cold, rainy day. They __ used to playing
outside in a big field near our house. They play there almost every day.
7. A teacher __ used to answering questions. Students, especially good students, always
have a lot of questions.
8. People __ used to believe the world was flat.
9. Mrs. Hansen __ used to do all of the laundry and cooking for her family. Now
children are older and Mrs. Hansen has gone back to teaching, so the whole family
shares their household chores.
10. Trains __ used to be the main means of cross-continental travel. Today, most
people take airplanes for long-distance travel.
11. Ms. Stanton’s job requires her to travel extensively throughout the world. She __
used to travelling by plane.
12. You and I are from different cultures. You __ used to having fish for breakfast, I
__ used to having cheese and bread for breakfast.
1. am 2. – 3. am 4. – 5. – 6. are
7. is 8. – 9. – 10. – 11. is 12. are…am

Exercise-3

Complete the sentences using used to.

1. Somebody from Britain is thinking of going to live in your country. Warn him/her!
— You would have to __ .
2. Some friends of yours have Just moved into an apartment on a busy street. It is very
noisy. They’ll have to __ .
3. Jack once went to the Middle East. It was very difficult for him at first because of
the heat. He wasn’t __ .
4. Sue moved from a big house to a smaller one. She found it strange at first. She had
to __ in a much smaller house.
5. The children at school had a new teacher. She was different from the teacher before
her but this wasn’t a problem for the children. The children soon __ .
1. get used to the weather, food, etc. 4. get used to living
2. get used to the noise 5. got used to her
3. used to the heat

Exercise-4

Rewrite the sentences using used to where possible.

 

1. Every summer Eileen stayed with her grandparents while her parents were away on
holiday.
2. Bruce drove a new lorry to Scotland, stopping one night in the north of England.
3. My aunt had a dog which she had rescued from drowning when it was a puppy.
4. As Mary was getting out of the boat at her foot slipped and she fell into the river.
5. Before the new shopping mall was built, there was a football pitch here for the local
children.
6. Jasper grumbled that bread didn’t taste like cardboard until the supermarkets started
making it.
7. During our voyage across the Atlantic I took several photos of the great seabirds
which followed the ship, riding on currents in the air.
8. While I was waiting for the bus I noticed a group of tourists who were listening
intently to a guide.
9. The punishments at our school were very harsh before the new head teacher was
appointed.
10. As children we spent a lot of time helping with the household chores, but we didn’t
help in the garden.
11. The politicians made innumerable promises before the election, but kept none of
them, as usual.
1. … Eileen used to stay … 7. … which used to follow the ship ….
2. T 8. T
3. My aunt used to have …. 9. … used to be very harsh …
4. T 10. As children we used to spend …
5. … there used to be a football pitch …. 11. T
6. … bread didn’t use to taste like cardboard ….

Exercise-5

Correct mistakes in the following sentences.

1. I used to was studying at the University of Southern California before I transferred
here.
2. We use to go to the movies quite frequently.
3. She was used to get up early.
4. He was used to drink too much.
5. She used to speaking in public.
6. Janet is finally used to cook on an electric stove after having a gas one for so long.
7. Mr. Peters is used to think of himself as the only president of the company.
8. Mr. Anderson used to jogging in the morning during the winter months, but now he
has stopped.
9. Are you used to sleep late at weekends?
10. She used to dancing every night, but now she is taking English.
11.There used to being a castle before the Romans came.
12.When I was younger I was used to swim long distances but now I’m out of practice.
13.As far as I know, you used to smoking a pipe, didn’t you?
14.People used to thinking that the earth was flat.
15. I’m not used to play tennis so long.
16.It’s difficult to understand Scottish people if you’re not use to their accent.
17. They aren’t used to hard working.
18. I’ve watched TV every night recently, I never used to doing it before.
19. We aren’t use to a cold weather.
20. He always used to teasing his sister.
1. I used to study / was used to studying … 8. Mr. Anderson used to jog… 15. I’m not used to playing …
2. We used to go / were used to going … 9. … used to sleeping 16. … if you’re not used to..
3. She used to get up /was used to getting up 10. She used to dance … 17. They aren’t used to hard work.
4. He used to drink /was used to drinking 11 .There used to be … 18. … I never used to do it…
5. She used to speak / was used to speaking 12. … I was used to swimming … 19. We aren’t used to …
 6. … used to cooking 13…. used to smoke 20…. used to tease …
7. Mr. Peters used to think … 14. People used to think