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Grammar Tips (문법 팁): ‘Important’ or ‘Importantly’?

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Do you want to keep on improving your English speaking skills? (영어 말하기 스킬을 늘리고 싶나요?)  Check out this post for some tips on how to use ‘important’ and ‘importantly’? (이 비디오를 보세요.)

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Grammar Girl gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘important’ and ‘importantly’.
“More important” and “more importantly” are both grammatically acceptable and have been in use for decades. It’s unclear which one came first.
a. more importantly– a kind of sentence adverb. When they say “more importantly” is a kind of sentence adverb, they mean it’s like “thankfully” and “fortunately” when they come at the beginning of a sentence. They aren’t modifying a specific word in the sentence, but rather the entire sentence.
Ex: “More importantly, the neighbors didn’t call the police because of our loud music”
b. more important- a kind of sentence adjective. It’s much older and more popular.
Ex: It is said that nothing is more important than health.
The only difference between “important” and “importantly” is that you can’t use “important” alone. You have to use “more” or “most” when you use “important” at the beginning of a sentence like that, but you can use “importantly” alone.
Ex: “Important, the neighbors didn’t call the police” doesn’t work, but “Importantly, the neighbors didn’t call the police” does work.
 
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