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Grammar Insights: GET USED TO doing something.

Updated: Mar 29

get used to, English grammar, upper-intermediate, advanced level
GET USED TO - grammar


"Get used to" means "BECOME familiar with" or "BECOME accustomed to." It's about the process of becoming familiar with a new activity.


"Get used to" is followed by:

  • a verb with -ing ending: get used to + Ving

This year we're getting used to collaborating with our new international partners.

As a new team, we'll have to get used to communicating effectively with each other.

He can't get used to working from home, there're too many distractions.

  • a noun: get used to + NOUN

He got used to the cold weather after a few weeks.

I'm sure he'll get used to the commute.

They can't get used to the extreme weather fluctuations in this region.

She needs to get used to the new software asap.

  • a pronoun: get used to + PRONOUN

Living abroad initially seemed overwhelming, but she got used to it over time.

Working closely with a new colleague can be challenging at first, but I'm sure you'll get used to him.

Our company has implemented new rules, and now everyone is getting used to them.

More examples

"Get used to" can be used in all tenses. Please note that only the verb "get" changes; the rest of the construction remains unchanged. Here are some examples:

Get used to in Present Continuous, Present Perfect and Future Simple
"Get used to" in different tenses

Here are more examples:

Present Continuous: We are getting used to working together as a team.

Future Simple: I'm sure he'll get used to riding his bike to work.

Past Simple: After a few weeks, he got used to living in a cold climate.

Present Perfect: She's finally got used to living in the city.

Present Perfect Continuous: They've been getting used to following the new rules for over a week.

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