Water is essential for/to living things.
- The books on this list are essential reading for the course.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables form an essential part of a healthy diet.
- During the emergency, people stocked up on essential items like candles, medicines and tins of food.
- It's essential that she has this medicine every day.
- Computer literacy is becoming as essential as the ability to drive a car.
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