Question by  altos (224)

Is it "integral to" or "integral in"?

Is something integral to everyday life, for example? Or is something integral in everyday life?


Answer by  cynosure (376)

Either is acceptable. The proper preposition following integral is "to", and so "something is integral to everyday life" is well stated. However, one could also write "In everyday life, something is integral" - thus the preposition "in" is not following integral, per se, but announcing the dependent clause. Also OK.


Answer by  eruppe (5)

It is 'integral to everyday life'. 'Integral in' is not entirely unacceptable or ungrammatical. If I heard 'integral in everyday life' uttered, I would probably not be put off by it. However, I would prefer to say 'integral to everyday life'.

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