“To see somebody off” – Post 4


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“To see somebody off” means “to say goodbye to somebody who is going to start a journey”, for example at the airport or at the train station.

Example: “We went to the airport to see Jane off.”

Meaning that we went to the airport in order to say goodbye to Jane and watch her starting her journey.


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“It was a (very) long time since somebody did something” – Past Simple – Post 3


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This particular expression is used when talking about the past to express that something happened prior to the time we are describing, and emphasizes that much time passed between the event and the time we are talking about.

Example: “It was a long time since he drove a car, yet he did it very well.”


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“I used to do something” vs “I am used to doing something” – Post 1


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We use “I used to do something” when speaking about the past, in order to express that we did something on a regular basis, but we don’t do it any more.

For example: When I was young, I used to cycle every day.


We use “I’m used to doing something” to say that we do something on a regular basis in the present.


For example: I’m used to cycling every day. (meaning that I do it on a regular basis, in the present.)


Note 1: In the form “I used to do something”, “used to” is a modal verb; whereas in the form “I’m used to doing something” the cell “used to” is an adjective.


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