Now that the entire population has been housed, is there still a role for the Housing & Development Board (HDB)?
"Yes," said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as the HDB is till responsible for providing good public housing and fostering social integration.
"Only when Singaporeans owned their own homes and so had a valuable asset which was theirs, would they be prepared to fight to defend the young nation," Mr Lee said as he took his audience back to the HDB's early days.
I would like to know why the third paragraph contain verbs in the past tense when the first paragraph say that "... the entire population has been housed..."
Why is the third paragraph hypothetical? I think the Prime Minister should have used present tense verbs in his speech. Am I right?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Tan Elaine; 27-Jan-2010 at 19:21. Reason: typo
Besides, the three situations (of owning, of having a valuable asset, and being theirs) had to precede (and hence in past tense) as related to Singaporeans' 'being prepared to fight'.
'Would' is chosen, presumably, as 'will' is more definitive, assertive.