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    #1

    Should I use is?

    It is not important where you buy the house, but important (is) the people who live around the house.

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    Re: Should I use is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    It is not important where you buy the house, but important (is) the people who live around the house.
    It is not important where you buy the house. What is important is the people who live around the house.
    It is not important where you buy the house. The important thing is the people who live around the house.
    In a shorter sentence, arranged differently, you can get away without another "is".
    The important thing is the people who live near a house, not where the house is located.
    Here are some patterns:
    The important thing is A; not B.
    A is the important thing; not B.
    A is not the important thing; B is.

    Note the difference when you change from a negative to a positive. In the first two sentences, you can negate the is with not. You can't do that if you start with a "not".

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