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I. I read this at a grammatical book:
In the situation which people and thing need to be identified and explained, the present tense and past tense of " be" can be used. For example:
Her name is /was Helen.
They are/ were doctors.
So, according to it,
A." What's her job?"
B." She is a doctor."
" She was a doctor."
The two answers mean exactly the same, right? Please.
II. " There used to be a lake there, you know it?"
" There was a lake there, you know it?"
Both sentences mean there is no lake now, right? Please.
Any other remarks?
She is a doctor. ( not she was a doctor)
Note: When asking somebody's job or profession, we must reply in the Present Tense not in the Past Tense. Whereas when we are asked about somebody's past job or profession, who is perhaps no more or might have been retired, we could reply in the past tense. e.g. " What was her job?" ~She was a doctor.
2- Yes, both mean there's no lake there now. We use " used to" to say that something happened repeatedly in the Past but no longer happens and past simple also refers to the finished-time ( action happend in the past) which has nothing to do with present.
Hope this helps.
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So, there is no any difference between "There used to be sth " and " There was sth"?