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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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Which of these are correct?

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

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7 is poorly constructed but technically not wrong.
 

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What you mean with "tortured into comprehensibility"?
 

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

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What do you mean by [strike]with[/strike] "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.
 
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