Lesson Learnt

June 12, 2006

SO What'Up Dude!! Thank for those who emailed me for the feedback.THANK you so much,
i'll do the best to make this Blog COOL eva.

Just want to share with you my experience how can I slowly write and speak english….But not Perfect as MAT SALLEH..but i rate myself as beginner moving forward to intermediate..

My English is not good when i was in high school. and How i start!!!

First…of course when i was in University, i had studied all the course in english even all my lecturer talked in english. so that's the main reason..tetapi there're some people who still not improve by that reason. WHY? beacuse they didn't talk at all in other word..NOT PRACTICE

Second..My Housemate is from middle east. so he pushed me to speak in english(eventhough he wanted to learn MALAY as well). So from here, it gave me a chance to be BRAVE man who simple make a conversation using broken english..but i DON't care….

Third.. Instant Mesengger…Yahoo absolutely helped me to improve my english. I've practiced my writing skill here since..but sometimes it's jerk..YELAH..main belasah jerk dan makan masa nak tulis..anyway, it helped me though.

Forth.. Talking alone when i driving( car or bike)..This make me feel so confidence..yelah..you talk to yourself..(gilos apes) by the way. it really help me interm of KEYAKINAN UTK BERCAKAP..

Come on back to School..hahahaha

Used to do & Be used to

These two expressions look the same, but in fact they are completely different.

Used to do

We use used to do to talk about the past. It is not a tense but it is like a tense. It is a special expression. We use the expression used to do for the past only.

Structure of Used to do

The structure is:

  subject auxiliary
did
not main verb
use
infinitive
+ I     used to do.
I did not use to do.
? Did you   use to do?

Tips Used or use?

  • when there is did in the sentence, we say use to (without d)
  • when there is no did in the sentence, we say used to (with d)

Use of Used to do

We use the used to do expression to talk about:

  • an activity that we did regularly in the past (like a habit)
  • a situation that was true in the past

Look at these examples.

the past the present
She used to work in a shop. Now she works in a bank.
He used to watch a lot of TV. Now he doesn't watch much TV.
They used to be married. Now they are divorced.
There used to be a cinema here. Now there is a supermarket here.
I didn't use to go swimming. Now I go swimming.
Did you use to smoke?  

Be used to

Be used to something
Be used to doing

Be used to is an expression. It is not a tense. If I say "I am used to Thailand", it is like saying "I am accustomed to Thailand."

Structure of Be used to

The structure is:

subject + be + used to + object

  subject main verb
be
not used to object
+ I am   used to horses.
He is not used to horses.
We aren't used to horses.
? Are you   used to horses?

If the object invoves a verb, we use the -ing form:

I am not used to being lied to.
He is   used to working late.
We aren't used to taking the bus.
Are you   used to cooking?

Tips
Why do we use -ing for a verb after be used to?
Because we always use -ing for a verb after a
preposition – and the to is a preposition.

Use of Be used to

The be used to expression is for talking about something that is familiar to us or easy for us. For example:

  • I am used to driving on the left.

It means that it is not a problem for me to drive on the left of the road. I am Japanese. In Japan, people drive on the left. Now I am living in the USA where people drive on the right. Of course, I drive on the right in the USA, but when I go to Japan it is easy for me to drive on the left because "I am used to it".

Look at these examples.

  • I am used to hard work.
  • I am used to working hard.
  • He is not used to New York.
  • He isn't used to living in New York.
  • Are you used to fast food?
  • Are you used to eating quickly?

Tenses

We can use be used to in any tense. We just conjugate the verb be in the tense that we need. Look at these examples:

  • When we lived in Bangkok, we were used to hot weather.
  • I have been used to snakes for a long time.
  • You will soon be used to living alone.

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