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    is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    Hi,

    I would like to ask which one should I use after 'crucial to / for' - an infinitive or gerund? I cannot find an answer in dictionaries.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...nglish/crucial

    Here are my sentences:

    Learning new words is crucial to acquire a new language easily.
    Learning new words is crucial to acquiring a new language easily.
    Learning new words is crucial for acquiring a new language easily.

    It is crucial to understand that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.
    It is crucial to understanding that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.
    It is crucial for understanding that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    Well, your English is pretty good. (Obviously, it's not perfect, or you wouldn't be here. ) In any case, you should know that we learn ​a new language. (And if you know how to do that easily, tell me.) Thus, your sentence should be something like:

    It is necessary to learn the essential vocabulary (what some would call the everyday words) if you are going to learn a new language.

    Eh?


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    Re: is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    ... (Obviously, it's not perfect, or you wouldn't be here. ) ... Thus, your sentence should be something like:

    It is necessary to learn the essential vocabulary (what some would call the everyday words) if you are going to learn a new language.




    Unless you intend to teach here.

    Are you suggesting that "crucial" should not be used to express the idea?



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    Re: is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    You certainly can use crucial.


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    Re: is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    Thanks for your comments, I still don't understand. Which of my sentences are OK? Can I use both the usages of 'crucial + doing' and 'crucial + do'?

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    Re: is crucial to acquire / is crucial to acquiring / is crucial for acquiring

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    I would like to ask which one should I use after 'crucial to / for' - an infinitive or gerund? I cannot find an answer in dictionaries.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...nglish/crucial

    Here are my sentences:

    Learning new words is crucial to acquire a new language easily.
    Learning new words is crucial to acquiring a new language easily.
    Learning new words is crucial for acquiring a new language easily.

    It is crucial to understand that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.
    It is crucial to understanding that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.
    It is crucial for understanding that learning new words plays a big role in acquiring a new language.
    The one I checked is the only one I consider usable. However, I still say that a person learns a new language.


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