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    Default 'Valuable' or 'Invaluable'?

    Hi,

    Are both adjective equal in their usage and degree or intensity? Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: 'Valuable' or 'Invaluable'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Are both adjectives equal in their usage and degree or intensity?..
    No.

    If something is invaluable, its value is beyond calculation. This normally means that it is very very valuable.
    Last edited by 5jj; 17-Nov-2012 at 08:52. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: 'Valuable' or 'Invaluable'?

    This is because 'valuable' has two meanings: "highly valued" and "able to be valued".
    We don't use it for the second meaning except in its negative form - 'invaluable'.

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