Very important is(...)

cointi

Senior Member
Polish
Hi,

could that be considered stylistic inversion or is it outright incorrect?

Being a manager is not easy. Very important is how you treat your subordinates.
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    It's incorrect, or perhaps rather it's unidiomatic.

    It works okay with an adverb, though it sounds a little odd:
    Being a manager is not easy. Very carefully is how you should treat your clients - very carefully indeed.
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    It may sound alright in speech, but in writing it should be, for example, What is very important is how you ... I would not call it ungrammatical, but it's something that does not quite sound right (unidiomatic as velisarius says).

    I would not use very since by starting with What is, you are already emphasising important.

    An alternative is The important thing is how you ... or, of course, How you treat your subordinates is very important.
     
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    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Hi,

    could that be considered stylistic inversion or is it outright incorrect?

    Being a manager is not easy. Very important is how you treat your subordinates.
    I think that something like this would only work if you were already talking in some way about degrees of importance. In the case of your example, I agree with the others that it is not idiomatic. But compare:

    How you interact with your boss doesn't matter at all. Very important, on the other hand, is how you treat your subordinates.​
     
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