It is fine to say:

To get the details is very important

But is it OK to say:

Is to get the details very important?

  • I'd put it as marginally acceptable. Extraposition would be the more common option in both examples, but in the question form it comes very close to being required. Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 8:32
  • Difference between a gerund acting as subject and an infinitive acting as a subject?. As advised above, "It is very important to get the details. / Is it very important to get the details?" are more idiomatic.
    – user140086
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 9:25
  • Is to err human? Is to forgive divine?
    – deadrat
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 10:20
  • It sounds awkward to me. I'd say Is getting the details very important?
    – Barmar
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 9:37
  • Thanks for that major clue, deadrat. To err and to get are human and to forgive, divine. However, give err any detail and it needs a preposition… or does to err detail/a detail/the detail work? Aren’t to err on detail/about a detail/over the detail needed? Is that an extension of user140086’s gerund/infinitive suggestion? I get confused by such… Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 0:06


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