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    Digital literacy is seen as key

    Hello,
    I'd like to know why they did not use "a" before a word "key". The whole sentence is: Many would say yes: digital literacy is seen as key to a modern upbringing, and screens are being introduced at ever earlier ages.
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    In this context, 'key' is an adjective meaning 'essential', 'crucial' or 'pivotal'.

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    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    Thanks for your explanation. I have two question.
    1. Would it be grammatically right if I wrote the sentence like "digital literacy is seen as a key to a modern upbringing, ..."?
    2. Is it normal for you to use an adjective without a noun in this case? Why did not they write like "digital literacy is seen as a key / essential / crucial / pivotal thing to a modern upbringing, ..."?
    Frankly saying, an adjective without a noun in this sentence looks a little bit confusing for me.
    Last edited by NortT; 31-Oct-2014 at 17:35.
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    ... a key to ...
    'The key to'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/key_2

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    Is it normal for you to use an adjective without a noun in this case?
    'This type of work is often seen as boring.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/see_1
    So the construction 'something is seen as (adjective)' is correct.
    And I think you might have seen something like 'something is described/regarded/treated as (adjective)' without a noun following the adjective.

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    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    You could use "a key" but it changes the meaning. If something is "key" it is the most important thing; if something is "a key" it is one of several to many things.

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    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    There are people (naming no names, but the initials B and K might put you on the track) who aren't entirely comfortable with this usage.

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    Re: Digital literacy is seen as key

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    Why did not they write like "digital literacy is seen as a key / essential / crucial / pivotal thing to a modern upbringing, ..."?
    Digital literacy is seen as crucial/essential to a modern upbringing work fine to me. They could have used these if they wanted to.

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