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  1. Is use to incorrect because we use present tense if we talk present habit?

  2. What is the difference between the two sentences below?

I am used to GETTING up late in the morning.
I am used to GET up late in the morning.

Please help me to understand.

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    'Be used to' where 'be' inflects but 'used to' is invariant is the expression. It needs to be followed by a noun/noun phrase; a suitable ing-form (here, getting) works fine. Not 'get'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 11 '16 at 13:42
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    One question at a time please, and please tell us how you have tried to answer this question yourself first. – curiousdannii Aug 11 '16 at 13:56
  • 1. = "I am accustomed to getting up late in the morning." 2. If you currently get up early but didn't previously, you can say, "I used to get up early in the morning." You will hear people say, "I use to," but it is incorrect. – Mark Hubbard Aug 11 '16 at 13:58
  • @MarkHubbard you mean to say second senetence "I am used to GET up late in the morning." is wrong? – Dani Aug 11 '16 at 14:54
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    Yes, Edwin and Mark have said use to get up is wrong. It is wrong. – Jim Reynolds Aug 11 '16 at 15:02
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"Used to" is a specific idiom meaning 'accustomed to' , and not strictly related to any meaning of 'used'. 'Use to' is incorrect if it is intended to mean the same thing as 'used to' (though it's a common mistake).

'Used to' is an adjective phrase, so "I am used to ..." is present tense, just like "I am happy".

The idiom is followed by a noun or noun phrase: "I am used to animals" or "I am used to running." "getting up late in the morning" is a valid noun phrase, referring to the action itself. "get up late in the morning" is a verb phrase, and so can't be used there.

The sentence "I used to get up late in the morning" (note the absence of 'am') is also valid, and means "In the past I got up late in the morning".

  • @DJClayworth...Thanks for nice explanation..Just for confirmation, Is first sentence "I am used to getting up late in the morning" referring to past or present because it includes "AM" (present tense). – Dani Aug 11 '16 at 16:35
  • Added to the answer. – DJClayworth Aug 11 '16 at 16:38

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