a good dictionary is indispensable//a must//necessary

jesusguime

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Chinese
When it comes o learning a foreign language, a good dictionary is absolutely indispensable.


Hi,
I wonder whether there are subtle differences if "indispensable" in the above is replaced by "a must" or "necessary." Thanks.
 
  • smile784

    Member
    California, USA/English
    I think that "it's a must" makes it sound essential and more urgent. It does sounds a little more informal though - almost slang-ish? :)

    All 3 would work though and convey your meaning well.
     

    El escoces

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    I would rank "indispensible" and "a must" slightly above "necessary", but otherwise I agree that all three convey the desired meaning.

    Formality depends on context, but I wouldn't considered "is a must" a slang expression.
     
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