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Is there any other ways of saying " sth is important "? I think there are multiple ways of saying sth is important but there are subtle or huge differences between them . Could you please tell me how formal or informal the following expressions are ? Which one sounds more natural in spoken English ? And please add more to the following list , thanks a lot ! 1. It's very important to have breakfast. 2. It's very essential to have breakfast. 3. Breakfast matters a lot . 4. It's vital to have breakfast. 5. It's of great importance to have breakfast. 6. It's of significant importance to have breakfast . 7 . It's crucial to have breakfast.
Nov 3, 2018 8:31 AM
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Sentence one seems the most natural. Sentence two seems a little odd, I think because "very" is rarely used in collocation with "essential" Sentence three is okay, more familiar register I suppose. Sentence four sounds like a dogma or religious imposition, but acceptable. Sentence five is okay, also a little pompous maybe. Sentence six is like sentence five but more pompous. Sentence seven could be used but sounds imperative, so the speaker would seem to be in a position of power over the addressee. Of course, as with everything pragmatics, it will depend on the context and speaker/addressee. And since you said we should add any to the list, I think a good way to say that is to use an idiom, such as "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" I hope that helps you! :)
November 3, 2018
I would forget about sentence six. sentence five I think would be rarely used. these two sentences do not seem totally natural in a normal situation, but they might be used in a Lecture or by an advertising agency or someone trying to sell something. The rest are ok, but Sentence one seems more natural to me and is possibly more common.
November 3, 2018
She is influential. She is powerful.
November 3, 2018
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