I understand that we use 'used to' for things that happened regularly in the past.

But the following "used to" is different in someway, also the format of verb is ing form.

MICHELLE Keegan is adamant her husband Mark Wright doesn’t mind watching her intimate love scenes because he is used to seeing her kiss other men. The Sun

Is it mean he saw here kissing other man one time? or regularly in the past?

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    check out the "is accustomed to" meaning. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 1 '17 at 18:59
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    I will assume this person is an actress who kisses men as a part of her work on film, TV or the stage. Her husband is not threatened by her kissing other people within the context of her work. He is used to it. – WRX Mar 1 '17 at 19:00
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    @TRomano Thank you. It is great I know that we can "used to" with regularly things in present. thefreedictionary.com/accustomed+to – Shannak Mar 1 '17 at 19:03
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    @Shannak - Just to expand on what TRomano is saying, make sure you understand the difference between used to and is used to. "I used to X" means "In the past I did X." "I am used to X" means "I am accustomed to X." – stangdon Mar 1 '17 at 19:11
  • @stangdon Thank you, I got it: one is "be + used to" the another one is just "used to" englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_used-be-used-to.htm – Shannak Mar 1 '17 at 19:14

BE + used to is an idiomatic expression meaning to be accustomed to something . In this phrase, to functions as a preposition so it takes a gerund or noun phrase complement.

Just in case you wonder why her followed by an infinitive verb(kiss), the reason is that to see is a verb of perception that often takes a bare infinitival complement.


Here is used to seeing means the person is aware of the act (her kissing other men) and has seen it on a regular basis (maybe multiple movies with such scenes!).

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