Is below the sentence correct?


Mean of 'used to' shouldn't be 'past habits'. It should be passive sentence.


This table used to define batch.

I want to say : I use the table for defining batch.

  • For a phrasing or a quotation, a native speaker would use "I want to say" instead of "I want to tell." – deadrat Sep 7 '15 at 8:34

You've run into an English idiom. "Used to X" means that X happened in the past and no longer does:

I used to run five miles a day, but I don't any more.

For what you want, use (if you'll forgive the word) the passive voice:

This table is used to define batch.

Notice the presence of a form of the verb "to be" (here, "was") to form the passive.

  • The idiom used to as in When I lived in Hong Kong I used to play Mahjong in the evenings is a progressive past, and is rendered in French with the imperfect. So they have no way of distinguishing I used to play... from I was playing.... English is a language with great facility. – WS2 Sep 7 '15 at 9:30

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