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i heard someone say "Music is such an important role in my life." I have always thought "role" should be used with "play / have / take", so it goes like "Music has an important role in my life." Is it possible to say like the first sentence?

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    In slurred speech, music has is easy to mistake for music is.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 17:26
  • @RegDwight: I think even in non-slurred American speech, there are lots of people who pronounce music has almost exactly the same way as music is. I (and lots of other people) would drop the 'h'. I think I pronounce the reduced vowels of is and has differently, but not very differently. Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 0:55

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Depends on the phasing & context. Your example sounds a bit off:

Music is such an important role in my life.

To my ears has sounds more appropriate:

Music has such an important role in my life.

But a more colloquial way of expressing the concept is via the word plays:

Music plays such an important role in my life.

Or even:

Music takes such an important role in my life.

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  • Thank you. I also have felt the same way. I'll use HAS. Thank you so much!
    – Hiro
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 18:23
  • I'm not convinced that 'role' is the best word to use here. Were it me I would say 'Music plays an important part in my life'. 'Role' is not wrong, but for 'part' is certainly the more usual idiom.
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 19:38

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