Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(get/become) used to something

get used tobecome used to
Meaning(s)
1) develop a level of comfort with sth, when an action becomes routine
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • getting used to the attention
  • Analysis
    When you 'get used to' someone or something or 'become used to' something it means you become accustomed to it or familiar with it and no longer find it strange or unsettling. If you visit the UK, for example, you might find it hard to 'get used to' driving on the left-hand side of the road. This phrase is often confused with 'used to'  meaning something you did in the past that you no longer do now. "I used to live in France but now I live in Malta." This phrase is used in a similar way to a modal verb.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. After a few months living there, the family got used to the new city.
    2. When I told him I was concerned about the large workload, he told me to get used to it, because this was how it was going to be.
    3. It's hard at first, but people eventually get used to waking up early.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This is a new program we are using to take bookings. Its a little complicated at first but you'll soon get used to it.
    2. I can't get used to the light in this office. It's so dark.
    3. We have provided a checklist to be used until we are all used to the new procedures.
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