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Marie is used to being the queen bee within her circle of friends.

Is it a typo? Shouldn't it be like used to be or something?

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A synonym for used - as a predicate adjective, not a verb - is accustomed.

Thus:

Marie is accustomed to being the queen bee within her circle of friends.

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  • -Thanks a lot, and could you paraphrase the sentence, please? Is it saying that she accepted to be the queen and she is familiar and she welcomes this idea and all the complements from her friend?
    – user5036
    Jun 18, 2015 at 21:12
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    I added an example. It doesn't mean accepted/familiar/welcomes. It means "expects and perhaps even feels entitled to". Jun 18, 2015 at 21:17
  • @Codeswitcher, Thanks for the added example. My answer really wasn't complete without it.
    – JimM
    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:24
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Each has a different meaning.

Marie is used to being the queen bee within her circle of friends.

means she is the queen bee now, and has been for some time as she has become used to it. This meaning is similar to accustomed.

and

Marie used to be the queen bee within her circle of friends.

means she used to be the queen bee, but is not now. used to be refers to what something was in the past.

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