important: ✓ the important thing is … ✗ *the important is* …

By | September 12, 2016
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The important thing is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.
L’importante non è aver vinto, ma aver combattuto bene.
- Pierre de Coubertin
The important thing is to stay calm.
*The important* is to stay calm.
L'importante è rimanere calmi.
Important can only be an adjective, and not a noun, in English. We usually add the noun thing in this kind of expression.
Some more examples:
The important thing is that we stick together.
L’importante è che rimaniamo uniti.
The important thing is to prepare properly.
L’importante è prepararsi bene.

"Personally, I find atheists just as annoying as fundamentalist Christians." "Well, the important thing is that you've found a way to feel superior to both."

The important thing in life is to have a superiority complex ...

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