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Used to, Get used to and Be used to
Used to, Get used to and Be used to

Recently one of my readers asked me to write a post on USED TO, GET USED TO and BE USED TO. He wanted a clear infographic and some exercises to practise the grammar. So I did exactly that. I created an infographic, an online quiz and a simple worksheet to help you learn these phrases.

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The following infographic tries to explain the difference and usage of these phrases:

Get used to, be used to and used to phrases

Phrases BE USED TO and GET USED TO are followed by the gerund (-ing form) while USED TO is followed by anĀ infinitive. BE USED TO and GET USED TO mean to be/get accustomed to. BE USED TO describes a state and GET USED TO describes a change in state.

USED TO is used to speak about repeated actions or states in the past which usually are not true any more.


To practise the grammar, try the following online quiz. Choose the correct answers and click them. Then you can see how well you understand the grammar.

You can share your results on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

If you prefer using a paper worksheet, here is one which you can use.

Used to worksheet facebook www.engames.eu
In the first activity, your students should read the sentences and tick the ones that are grammatically correct. In the second exercise, students should fill in the verbs in the correct form.
You can download the pdf file with the worksheet here:


I hope you find these materials useful and that you will use them in your classes. If you are looking only for some materials to teach only USED TO for past actions, you can try our post on this grammar here. Moreover, you can find more activities to practise the grammar in our post USED TO additional grammar activities here.

Used to grammar activities
Used to grammar activities

The phrase USED TO is one of the highly productive chunks in English. I have already published a post on Used to but I have created several new activities since, and I would like to share those with you. So, in this post you will find several USED TO grammar activities which will help you teach this grammar point.


In this post there is a song by my friend Chris Barickman, a speaking activity, a game and a grammar worksheet.

Used to – song

This song is by my friend Chris Barickman. He is a tallented musician and the song is a great way to introduce the grammar. Ask the students to listen to the song and choose the photo of the man who sings the song. Is it the man in picture A, B or C?
Song men choose

Used to – mind map

After the song, it is the ideal time to highlight the grammar. Display the following infographic and show how affirmative sentences, negative sentences and questions are formed.


Remember to emphasize that USED TO is used for repeated actions or states in the past.

Used to – speaking activity

Print and hand out the following worksheets. Students work in pairs and one of them has got worksheet A and the other worksheet B.

used to speaking worksheets

Ask the students to look at their worksheet and tick the things they used to do when they were younger. Remind them that they should tick only the activities they used to do often and yes, they can do them now too.

Students work in pairs and tell their partners what they used to do and didn’t use to do.

Then students ask their partner whether he/she used to do the activities in the pictures.

In the end students can write about their partner what he/she used to do.

Used to – speaking worksheet

Used to – grammar worksheet

Print the worksheet and ask the students to complete it.

Used to grammar worksheet pdf

Used to – games

The first game is called Penalty Shootout. In this game you should choose the correct option and then try to score a goal. Good luck.

As the game is in Flash, it will only play on desktop computers.

[showmyads] Used to – Penalty game

The second game is in Flash and will play only on desktop computers. It is called On Target, and your task is to choose the correct option and then shoot all the bad cows and ducks. You can shoot one of the bottles on the wall to get a bonus. Enjoy.

Gerund or infinitive – On target game

Used to – links

As I write above, I have already created one post on USED TO. You can find here.

There are some great games and exercises at British Council site too.

There is a nice explanation at BBC learning English.