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A. Even small changes in a company require updating equipment.

B. Making even small changes in a company requires the updating of equipment.

Is there any subtle difference in meaning between A. and B.?

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Yes, there is a subtle difference. By adding the "making," you draw emphasis to the action/mechanism of change rather than the changes themselves. This puts the cause/fault of updates more on the agents of change (for example a board decision) instead of the changes themselves.

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The first implies that after a change is made, equipment must be updated; the changes make updating necessary.

The second implies that you must update equipment before you can make a change; the action of making a change requires updating.

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