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

But in post #1, you gave this example:

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

Here "use" is a noun, and not a verb.

Yes, that was confusing. I merely used a noun to substitute for "this." However, my intention was to show you (NOT in order to show you) that "this is" and "this was" in those structures referred to the subject and verb mentioned in the previous sentence or clause:

1.d. We recommend using a surveillance apparatus. This (i.e. the fact that we recommend using a surveillance apparatus, or that a surveillance apparatus should be used) is to monitor / in order to monitor budget deficits in real time.

2.d. The Central Bank lent money to the government. This (i.e. the fact that the Central Bank lent money to the government, or that money was lent to the government) was to tackle / in order to tackle youth unemployment.

As you can see, although "this" is a noun phrase, it refers to a subject and predicate, and this is what renders the use of "in order to" possible. I hope this is clearer now.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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