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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
"Essential for" or "essential to"?
Monday April 21st 2014
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Which word should I use after essential, for or to?  — Muazzem, Bangladesh
Answer

Essential can be followed by for or to, depending on what comes next.

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

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

 

I hope this answers your question. 

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