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In today's One-minute English Tom will explain how to use ‘be used to’.
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Be used to

In today's One-minute English Tom will explain how to use ‘be used to’.
ਅੱਜ One-minute English ਵਿੱਚ ਟੌਮ ਸਮਝਾਏਗਾ ‘be used to’ ਦੀ ਸਹੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕੀ ਹੈ।

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Hi everyone, I'm Tom from BBC Learning English London and I'm here to explain 'be used to'.
We use this expression to talk about things that are normal for us now.
For example, it's winter here in the UK. I've lived in the UK for quite a long time so this is not a problem for me.
So, I can say "I'm used to the cold weather".
If we want to use a verb phrase with the expression, we need to add 'ing'. For example, "I'm used to wearing warm clothes outside".
If something has not become normal, I can use 'not' to make the negative form.
For example "I am not used to wearing warm clothes in my office".

[to be] used to
We use ‘[to be] used to’ to show that something has become normal for us and is no longer unusual or strange.
ਅਸੀਂ ‘[to be] used to’ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਜਦੋਂ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੋਵੇ ਕਿ ਕੋਈ ਕੰਮ ਕਰਨਾ ਸਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਸਧਾਰਨ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਹੁਣ ਉਹ ਅਸਧਾਰਨ ਜਾਂ ਅਣਜਾਣ ਨਹੀਂ ਰਿਹਾ।
I have lived in Alaska for a long time, so I am used to the cold weather.

If we use a verb phrase with the expression, we need to use the ‘-ing’ form.
ਜੇਕਰ ਇਸ ਵਾਕ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਸੀਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਕਿਰਿਆ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਕਿਰਿਆਤਮਕ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਨਾਲ ‘-ing’ ਲਗਾਉਣਾ ਪਵੇਗਾ।
Sometimes I have to work in the evenings, so I am used to drinking coffee late at night.

Negative form
To make the negative form, we add the word ‘not’ after [to be].

ਨਾਂ ਵਾਚਕ ਵਾਕ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਅਸੀਂ [to be] ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ‘not’ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ।
I recently moved to London from Spain, so I am not used to the cold weather here!

Game: Be used to

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Extension

Past forms
We can use ‘[to be] used to’ to describe the past, too! The form of [to be] changes, whilst the rest of the expression stays the same.

After a year in my flat I didn’t mind having noisy neighbours – I was used to the noise.

During my third week in Korea I began to enjoy the spicy food – I had become used to it by then.

Future forms
We can use the expression to talk about the future adding will be.

I imagine you will be used to the heat in Vietnam when I come to visit you in your new job.

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