What is the difference in meaning between that two phrases? Example:

A change request is a document containing a call for an adjustment of a system; it is of great importance in the change management process. wiki

Example 2:

Exclusive: IAEA chief: Nuclear summit has great importance cctv

  • There's little difference between them.
    – Andrew
    Mar 15 '17 at 20:43

As others have written, there is little or no difference in meaning. However, there may be a nuance. "Be" means to possess intrinsically. "Have great importance" could imply a qualifier, have great importance to a specific set of people but perhaps not others, more a sense of importance in the eyes of the beholder than an intrinsic quality.


Definition of 'be of' in English:


Possess intrinsically

To be of something is the same thing as to have something.

  • But to “have something” is not the same as to be of something. “He has problems” is not the same as “he is of problems”, which is nonsensical. Sep 1 '19 at 12:43

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