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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Phrases BE USED TO and GET USED TO are followed by the gerund (-ing form) while USED TO is followed by an 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.
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If you prefer using a paper worksheet, here is one which you can use.
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.
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
Used to – mind map
Remember to emphasize that USED TO is used for repeated actions or states in the past.
Used to – speaking activity
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 – grammar worksheet
Used to – games
As the game is in Flash, it will only play on desktop computers.
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.
Used to – links
There are some great games and exercises at British Council site too.
There is a nice explanation at BBC learning English.