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Reply to "Its surveillance apparatus is (mostly) in order to monitor"

Hi, Language learner,

(1) Its surveillance apparatus is (mostly) to monitor budget deficits in real time, but it could also help to evaluate the future consequences of policy decisions. (with or without "mostly")

(2) This money was (mostly) to tackle youth unemployment. (with or without "mostly")

Q: Do they both mean (infinitive of purpose):

As you know, where context allows "be to" can be used to express future. Sentence (1) can be paraphrased as:

1.a. Its surveillance apparatus will (mostly) monitor budget deficits in real time.

Sentence (2) cannot be thus paraphrased because "tackling" is not an action that can be attributed to money, but to the people who will use that money.

I understand that the meaning you want to express by means of both sentences is one of purpose:

1.b. Its surveillance apparatus is (mostly) intended/designed to monitor budget deficits in real time.

2.b. This money was (mostly) intended/designed to tackle youth unemployment.

"In order to" does not usually work well with the verb "be," except when the subject and be refer to some action mentioned before, for example:

1.c. This (i.e. the use of the surveillance apparatus) is to monitor / in order to monitor budget deficits in real time.

2.c. This (i.e. lending this money) was to tackle / in order to tackle youth unemployment.

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