When something is important, it’s necessary, or it’s something that we must pay attention to. It can’t be forgotten; it must be remembered.
(A note regarding pronunciation: im port nt)
The word "important" is an adjective which often goes before or after a noun:
- I have an important meeting this morning.
- This is an important game for the team.
- The students are taking an important exam next week.
- There was an important announcement on TV.
- Good health is important.
- Having loving relationships is important.
- Your education is important.
important + infinitive
- It’s important to keep your gas tank filled.
- It’s important to save money in the bank.
- It’s important to include vegetables and fruit in your diet.
- An important thing to remember is your social security number.
Sometimes the word "important" is used to describe a person or a thing of cultural or historical significance:
- Albert Einstein was an important physicist.
- He developed some important theories regarding physics.
- The Beatles were an important group of musicians.
- Their music is considered important to the history of popular music.
- The Empire State building is an important building in New York City.
- Mount Rushmore, which features the faces of four past U.S. Presidents, is an important monument.
The word "importance" is a noun:
- She’s a woman of some importance to her company.
- His contributions are of enormous importance to the team.
- The importance of this report can not be underestimated.
The word "importantly" is an adverb:
- Having access to quality health care is necessary, but more importantly, people must learn to monitor and maintain their personal health.
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Date of publication: January 9, 2017