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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. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 14 '16 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 Dec 14 '16 at 9:25
  • Is to err human? Is to forgive divine? – deadrat Dec 14 '16 at 10:20
  • It sounds awkward to me. I'd say Is getting the details very important? – Barmar Dec 17 '16 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… – Robbie Goodwin Jun 18 '17 at 0:06

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