I’ve come across the above sentence in a story. The structure “used to + present participle” puzzles me a bit. please explain its meaning and usage.
Father was used to carrying luggage any way.
Here used is not the helping verb but it is the adjective.It means accustomed to. To is a preposition and so it is followed by an ingform.
This is different from used to which we use for past habits.
I am used to speaking English
I used to speak English
These are different structures and have differences in meaning
The first sentence means that I am accustomed or habituated to speak English
The second sentence means that I spoke in English in the past but now I stopped speaking English.