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    #1

    Something is key "to" / "in" doing something.

    - Something is key to doing something.
    - Something is key in doing something.

    Do these mean the same thing?

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    ▪ Their votes were key in getting the bill passed.

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    Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively in building an international online encyclopedia.

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    Re: Something is key "to" / "in" doing something.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    - Something is key to doing something.
    - Something is key in doing something.

    Do these mean the same thing?

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ Their votes were key in getting the bill passed.

    Wikipedia:Etiquette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively in building an international online encyclopedia.
    Yes, either could be used in either of your examples.

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    Re: Something is key "to" / "in" doing something.

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes, either could be used in either of your examples.
    ...but be aware that some speakers of Br Eng are a bit sniffy about 'key' as an adjective used in this way. They would prefer either 'Something is the key to...' or 'Something is a key factor/consideration/principle/relationship/process/step... {whatever - some noun} in...'

    And if you want to get these people really mad () say something is 'very key.'

    b

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