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    AirbusA321 is offline Banned
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    essential for

    Which of these are correct?

    1 A solid defense is essential to win championships.
    2 A solid defense is essential to winning championships.
    3 A solid defense is essential for win championships.
    4 A solid defense is essential for winning championships.
    5 A solid defense is essential for us to win championships.
    6 A solid defense is essential to us for winning championships.
    7 A solid defense is essential for championships to be won by us.

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    Re: essential for

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Which of these are correct?

    1 A solid defense is essential to win championships. This is just barely acceptable.
    2 A solid defense is essential to winning championships.
    3 A solid defense is essential for win championships.
    4 A solid defense is essential for winning championships.
    5 A solid defense is essential for us to win championships.
    6 A solid defense is essential to us for winning championships.
    7 A solid defense is essential for championships to be won by us.
    While the last could possibly be tortured into comprehensibility, a point comes where it's not worth the effort.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: essential for

    7 is poorly constructed but technically not wrong.

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    Re: essential for

    What you mean with "tortured into comprehensibility"?

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    Re: essential for

    You could force a context where it might not be wrong, but it's probably not worth the effort.

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    Re: essential for

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    What do you mean by with "tortured into comprehensibility"?
    Tdol expressed my intended meaning in post #5. Some teachers of English as a second language spend a lot of time teaching how to convert sentences between the active and the passive voice. Sentence number 7 illustrates how poor the results can be.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: essential for

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    What you mean with "tortured into comprehensibility"?
    It is barely comprehensible.

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