Get used to
Man: How's the new job?
Woman: Good, but I’m still not used to the long commute.
Man: Really, how long is it?
Woman: It’s three hours each way.
Man: Give it time. You’ll get used to it.
Woman: I’m not sure about that.
Man: How is the new computer?
Woman: OK, but it’s hard getting used to the new operating system.
Man: Yeah, but it should be faster, right?
Woman: Wrong. I’m used to my old keyboard shortcuts. These ones are different.
Man: Yeah, but you’ll get used to it in no time.
Woman: I guess. But for now, it’s frustrating.
Man: Have you ever worked
Woman: Yeah, I worked in Japan for two years.
Man: Oh, really? How was it?
Woman: Great, but it took awhile getting used to living there.
Man: Really? What was hard getting used to?
Woman: Well, using chopsticks for one. Also, knowing how to interact with people.
Man: Wow, that does sound difficult.
Woman: It was hard at first, but I got used to it eventually.
Man: How's the new baby?
Woman: Great! Life couldn’t be better.
Man: How are you doing on sleep?
Woman: Good. I only sleep a few hours a night, but I'm getting used to it.
Man: I could never get used to that.
Woman: People say that, but once you deal with it, it’s not that bad.
Man: Says you!
Get Used To
- I am used to living alone. (It is easy.)
- I am not used to living alone. (It is not easy.)
- I am getting used to waking up early. (It is becoming familiar.)
- I am not used to getting up early. (It is still not each to do.)
Point 2: The verb phrase has three parts:
Subject + be + used to + gerund
Subject + get + used to + gerund
- Are you used to driving in the rain?
- Are you getting used to driving on the left side?
- Have you gotten used to working from home?
- Have you gotten used to studying at home?
- I am used to working at a desk.
- She is used to dealing with difficult people.
- I got used to living with a roommate.
- They quickly got used to living without hot water.
- They aren’t used to working together.
- He isn’t used to eating with chopsticks.
- She hasn’t gotten used to working from home.
- She is used to driving a large car.
Point 3: Be used to vs. Get used to - There is a slight difference in meaning between the two forms. The verbs ‘get’ means there was a change in familiarity. The verb ‘be’ refers to the feeling always existing.
- I was used to being teased as a kid. (It was always the situation.)
- I got used to being teased as a kid. (I learned how to deal with teasing.)
Present tense (be: am, is, are)
- I am used to working alone.
- I am not used to cooking for myself.
- She is used to feeling tired.
- I am getting used to studying online.
- I was just getting used to having you around, and now you’re leaving!
Past (was, were, got)
- I was used to being picked last as a kid.
- I didn’t like it, but I got used to it.
- I am having trouble getting used to it.
- I haven’t gotten used to wearing a suit at work.
- I’m used to living alone.
- I am slowly getting used to wearing a suit.
- She is used to being around kids.
- I’m still getting used to sharing my apartment with a roommate.
- Do you like working behind a desk?
1. No, but I am getting used to it.
- I hate attending parties, but I am getting used to it.
- I loathed wearing a suit after college, but I got used to it.
- Living alone takes some time getting used
- It takes some time getting used to living alone.
- Being criticized is something that he is not
- He is not used to being criticized.
- Driving at night took awhile getting used
- It took awhile getting used to driving at night.
Grammar Listening Practice
You’re supposed to be at the office.
You’ll get used to it.
It is not as fun as my last job
Keep it as long as you like.
Who is the woman sitting next to Joe?