I recently read two documents where I saw:

  • XYZ has been attracting increasing attention.
  • XYZ has been attracting increased attention.

Are both correct? Is there a difference in meaning?

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Both are correct, but the meaning is slightly different. You can tell by the tense.

The sentence with increasing indicates that the attention is increasing now, and will likely continue in the future. (It might not, but we're implying we think it will)

The sentence with increased says that the attention has increased but we don't necessarily expect the attention to increase more from now on. (It might, but we aren't implying it will)

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