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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2017 10:00 am
yesterday, centrox told me that people follow "important to" whereas objectives or a purpose follows "important for". Is the same the case for "essential to/for".

1. tolerance is essential to establishing positive relationships.
2. tolerance is essential for establishing positive relationships.

Thanks.
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2017 10:55 am
@perennialloner,
Essential can be followed by for or to, depending on what comes next. As 'establishing' is considered a noun, you can use either.

Before a noun or noun clause, for and to are both correct, as in these examples:

The river is essential for/to the region's economy.
Food is essential for/to life.
Using high quality materials is essential for/to achieving a good result.

Before a verb, use essential to, as in these examples:

It is essential to use the proper technique.
It's essential to arrive on time.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 28 Apr, 2017 09:03 am
'tolerance is essential to establishing positive relationships."

you could use:
when
for
in
while
at

. . . depends on whether you prefer a modifying phrase as an adverb or adjective.

perennialloner
 
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Reply Sat 29 Apr, 2017 08:00 am
@PUNKEY,
"tolerance is essential at establishing" is something I don't thing I've ever come across.

Could you provide an example, if it's not too much trouble, where tolerance, or an abstract noun like it, is followed by "at + noun or gerund"?

Thanks.
centrox
 
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Reply Sat 29 Apr, 2017 08:13 am
@perennialloner,
perennialloner wrote:
"tolerance is essential at establishing" is something I don't thing I've ever come across.

You never will come across it in correct English.
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