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 '15 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). – FumbleFingers May 18 '15 at 13:00
  • In this case "to" is not a preposition but means "in order to" which requires the infinitive. – a better oliver May 18 '15 at 13:05

The following are my recommendations:

"An agreement is imperative for tackling the problem"

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

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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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