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    very worth

    Does 'very worth sth/doing' sound good to native English speakers?

    I read Swan's PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE, 3rd edition:
    Leicester's well worth visiting. (not: very worth...)

    But there are sentences with 'very worth' in americancorpus.org:
    1 VERY WORTH 6
    12004SPOKCNN_Dobbs but it was very worth discussing. 22004NEWSDenver says Wilburn. " It's very worth the $50 you'll 32000SPOKCNN_King I think all that's very worth doing. OK. 41997SPOKABC_20/20 Yes, it's very worth it. It's very worth it. 51997SPOKABC_20/20 Yes, it's very worth it. It's very worth it. It's like 61992SPOKABC_20/20 making would be very worth his while. (voice

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 22-Apr-2010 at 07:21. Reason: two words added.

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    Re: very worth

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Does 'very worth sth/doing' sound good to native English speakers?

    I read Swan's PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE, 3rd edition:
    Leicester's well worth visiting. (not: very worth...)

    But there are sentences with 'very worth' in americancorpus.org:
    1 VERY WORTH 6
    12004SPOKCNN_Dobbs but it was very worth discussing. 22004NEWSDenver says Wilburn. " It's very worth the $50 you'll 32000SPOKCNN_King I think all that's very worth doing. OK. 41997SPOKABC_20/20 Yes, it's very worth it. It's very worth it. 51997SPOKABC_20/20 Yes, it's very worth it. It's very worth it. It's like 61992SPOKABC_20/20 making would be very worth his while. (voice

    Thank you in advance.
    I've never heard this phrase before. It might be a new American invention, given the clues in the link titles, which unfortunately lead me nowhere.

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    Re: very worth

    Hello Joham,
    'very worth' doesn't sound good and I wouldn't use it but I've often heard it in both the US and Canada in normal conversation.

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    Re: very worth

    It is very good.
    It is well worth it.

    It is very worth the money. - does this sound right to you?

    'Good' is an adjective whereas 'worth' is not. You only 'use' very with an adjective.
    It is common to hear non-native speakers say that but it is wrong.

    not a teacher

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    Re: very worth

    To emphasize the extent to which soemthing is worth, i think 'really' sounds better.

    1. but it was really worth discussing.
    2. It's really worth the $50
    3. I think all that's really worth doing.
    4. Yes, it's really worth it.
    5. 61992SPOKABC_20/20 making would be really worth his while.

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