By Mary Morel
Reader’s question: What is the rule for distinguishing between ‘used to do’ and ‘be used to’?
Answer: ‘Used to do’ means something that you did in the past, possibly on a regular basis, and no longer do.
I used to knit when my children were little.
‘Be used to’ means to be or become familiar with.
You will be used to eating chillies soon.
I was used to seeing swans on the harbour.
We sometimes replace ‘be’ with ‘get’.
I am getting used to your company.