Bhai.I have a question regarding tenses.
Take this sentence: Speaking at an energy summit in in Japan, Mr. Sarkozy and Mr. Obama both implied the world has become too dependent on fossil fuels.
The sentence is in the past tense. Does that mean the men implied the world HAD become too dependent on fossil fuels, or is 'has' correct because it is still true now?
Has is correct because, as you say, it's still true now.
Here is another example: Growing increasingly nervous, Germany recently announced that it has the capacity to provide funds to Greece.
Should this be changed to: ...it HAD the capacity to provide funds to Greece? No. Germany, at this present moment in time, possesses the funds necessary.
Your help would be much appreciated.
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