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It's important to learn / learning a language when you're young.

  • Welcome to ELL! What are your thoughts about the sentence? Which option would you choose? – CowperKettle May 21 '16 at 18:28
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The most naturally-looking option is to use the "to-infinitive":

It's important to learn a language when you're young.

If you want to use "learning", you might remodel the sentence:

Learning a language when you're young is important.

Furthermore, "to learn" can also be put in the subject position:

To learn a language when you're young is important.


Some linguists call the pronoun "it" in sentences like yours a "syntactic expletive".

Here's a nice foray into the history of dummy pronouns and syntactic expletives.

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    When you have the following type of structure: It + be + an adjective + to infinitive, is the one that follows the adjective. – lalynacar. May 21 '16 at 20:23

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