Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday October 30, 2009
the main thing, the most important thing
If you want to emphasize a particular point, or prioritize it, then the phrase lo más importante can help you:
Ganar este partido es lo más importante ahora.
Winning this match is the main thing right now.
Creo que es lo más importante que se puede deducir de estas elecciones.
I think that’s the main thing we can conclude from these elections.
Lo más importante can also be followed by a clause introduced by que. You put the verb in the indicative or the subjunctive, according to context. If you are talking about a fact that has already happened, use the indicative:
Lo más importante es que hemos conseguido los dos puntos.
The main thing is that we got the two points.
In the example above we know for a fact that the two goals have been scored. However, if the manager were encouraging his team before the match, he would say:
Lo más importante es que consigamos* los dos puntos.
The main thing is that we get the two points.
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