Is it correct to write: "An agreement is imperative to tackling the problem"?

Or should it be: "An agreement is imperative to tackle the problem"?


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    this may help
    – Yohann V.
    May 18, 2015 at 12:46
  • Different adjectives (imperative, vital, necessary, central, fundamental) allow different constructions. Personally I'd associate imperative with the earlier ones in that list, and stick with the infinitive (OP's second option). May 18, 2015 at 13:00
  • In this case "to" is not a preposition but means "in order to" which requires the infinitive. May 18, 2015 at 13:05

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The following are my recommendations:

"An agreement is imperative for tackling the problem"

"An agreement is imperative (in order) to tackle the problem"


here "to" is not a part of the adjective "imperative". so that here "to" will take verb form of "tackle". so "An agreement is imperative to tackle the problem"? is right.

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