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    Is there any difference in meaning between "The United States Federal Government should establish an ocean policy INCREASING protection for marine natural resources" and "The United States Federal Government should establish an ocean policy TO INCREASE protection for marine natural resources."

    I think there is, and does anyone know if there's a site actually explaining it?

    Thanks, bob

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    Is there any difference in meaning between "The United States Federal Government should establish an ocean policy INCREASING protection for marine natural resources" and "The United States Federal Government should establish an ocean policy TO INCREASE protection for marine natural resources."
    No, there is no difference in meaning between the two statements.

    I think there is, and does anyone know if there's a site actually explaining it?
    I would explain the difference if I thought there was one. A difference in wording between two sentences does not necessarily mean a difference in meaning.

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    I'd say the second is used to mean 'in order to', but I'm not convinced that it changes much.

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    I think should governs the meaning there. Both statements express an opinion, and it is the same opinion.

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    They are pretty much the same.

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