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    To be of?

    It's of important matter.

    Why don't why say" It's an important matter" but use this structure here?

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    #2

    Re: To be of?

    Belly, I don't understand.

    We DO say "It's an important matter."

    Can you give the full context of where you read "It's of important matter"?

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    #3

    Re: To be of?

    Belly_ttt, do you mean, it's of an important matter? If so, it's another way of saying it's relating to an important matter.


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    #4

    Re: To be of?

    Yes, yes, I do mean it's of an important matter


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    #5

    Re: To be of?

    What I've found are these expressions:

    It's important.

    It's an important thing/matter.

    It's of importance.

    It's a matter of importance.


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    #6

    Re: To be of?

    Yeah, what do you mean by "It's of importance" Is it different from the others?

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    #7

    Re: To be of?

    Why not "Why not "It's a matter of importance" in the place of "

    sorry

    this repetition won't be come into view again , sorry
    Last edited by vil; 29-Sep-2007 at 19:53.


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    #8

    Re: To be of?

    "It's of importance."

    isn't substantially different from the others. It only uses a noun instead of an adjective and sounds more pompous - formal.

    "Ladies and gentlemen,
    this is a matter of considerable importance and will affect the very lives of us all!"

    Is your original sentence possibly from a science book or so? I mean can it possibly mean:

    It's of (= It's made of / It consists of) important matter (= material / substance).

    Substance in the sense of physical, chemical, biological material?

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    Re: To be of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Photon View Post
    Is your original sentence possibly from a science book or so? I mean can it possibly mean:

    It's of (= It's made of / It consists of) important matter (= material / substance)
    See posts #3 and #4.


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    #10

    Re: To be of?

    Thank you for pointing that out. I didn't realize it at first. But to be perfectly clear here about this are we talking stuff in the very concrete sense?

    You live and learn.

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