Tang Lei
help. Is this sentence correct? I have got a sentence in my IB diploma textbook. the debatable nature of much ethical knowledge is important to recognize and vital to understanding human behavior. I was confused about the meaning of the sentence. I ask a colleague of mine to figure this out. but my collegue said that she thought this sentence is a kinda incorrect. they right saying is the debatable nature of much ethical knowledge is important to recognize and vital for (replace to with for) understanding human behavior or the debatable nature of much ethical knowledge is important to recognize and vital to understand (delete the ing) human behavior which one of the three sentence above make sense? Thanks a lot.
Nov 4, 2019 3:12 AM
Answers · 4
Sentences #1 and #2 are both correct (in my opinion, “to” and “for” are both OK). Here is the reason that I believe #3 is wrong: the object of the preposition “to” or “for” should be a noun or a noun phrase — such as “understanding human nature.” “Understand human nature” is not a noun phrase and so is not correct.
November 4, 2019
@Chris ur answer help a lot and make it fully understood . Thank u very much
November 4, 2019
The original is the best version. "vital to" is a set phrase and the preposition "to" must be followed by a noun such as "comprehension" or a gerund such as "understanding." The second version with "vital for" sounds odd. Google N-grams for English fiction shows that "vital to" is four times more common than "vital for." The third version is grammatically wrong because "to" is a preposition in this context, and so, the gerund "understanding" is required.
November 4, 2019
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Tang Lei
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English