used to (ellipsis)

In the English Grammar Profile, B2 point 143 in MODALITY is defined as:

‘used to’ without a following verb where the previous main verb is understood.

For example:

They don’t make them like they used to.


*In the EGP examples, the sense of this structure refers to things in the past that are no longer true. It can refer to repeated actions or to a state or situation.  Interestingly, this grammar feature is often located with comparative clauses.


Below we did a search in NOW corpus for * * * * used to .|,
*from these cluster searches we can put to the right the different sense of BE|GET used to.  Which in the EVP are B1:

1 A BIT OF GETTING USED TO . 242
2 A BIT OF GETTING USED TO, 230

3 AS MUCH AS THEY USED TO. 219

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
They don’t win as much as they used to, but the football program is still an elite brand.

 

4 AS MUCH AS I USED TO . 169
5 AS MUCH AS THEY USED TO, 160

6 WILL TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO . 141

7 AS MUCH AS I USED TO, 111

I couldn’t walk as much as I used to, so I opted for five-inch heels.

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8 WILL TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO, 102
9 SOME TIME TO GET USED TO . 101

10 AS MUCH AS IT USED TO . 98

11 IT TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO, 95
12 A WHILE TO GET USED TO . 93
13 IT TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO . 78
14 A WHILE TO GET USED TO, 77

15 AS MUCH AS HE USED TO . 76

16 TO HAVE TO GET USED TO . 76
17 TO TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO . 76
18 THAN WHAT WE’RE USED TO . 72
19 SOME TIME TO GET USED TO, 70
20 A LOT OF GETTING USED TO . 68
21 TO WHAT I’M USED TO . 67

22 AS MUCH AS WE USED TO . 62

23 CAN TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO . 61
24 THAN WHAT WE’RE USED TO, 61
25 TAKE A LITTLE GETTING USED TO, 60
26 TAKE A LITTLE GETTING USED TO . 58

27 AS MUCH AS HE USED TO, 57

28 TO WHAT WE’RE USED TO . 57
29 WILL HAVE TO GET USED TO . 57

30 AS OFTEN AS THEY USED TO . 56

31 TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO, 56
32 TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO . 55

33 AS MUCH AS WE USED TO, 52

34 FROM WHAT WE ARE USED TO . 52
35 FROM WHAT WE ‘RE USED TO . 51

36 AS WELL AS THEY USED TO . 49
37 AS MUCH AS IT USED TO, 46

38 FROM WHAT I ‘M USED TO . 45
39 TO WHAT WE ARE USED TO . 45
40 THAT TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO . 44
41 YOU HAVE TO GET USED TO . 44
42 MAY TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO . 43

43 AS FAR AS IT USED TO . 42

44 IT TOOK SOME GETTING USED TO, 42
45 THAN WHAT I’M USED TO . 42
46 BEYOND WHAT YOU’RE USED TO . 40
47 IT TOOK SOME GETTING USED TO . 40
48 FROM WHAT I WAS USED TO . 39
49 HAS TAKEN SOME GETTING USED TO . 38

50 MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO . 38

They don’t make them like they used to.

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