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    Hi to all. Could anyone teach me how to use "worth" and "worthwhile" as an adjective? Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEDDY.O
    Hi to all. Could anyone teach me how to use "worth" and "worthwhile" as an adjective? Thank you in advance.
    The TV is worth $100.
    ==>refers to the value of the TV, and not necessarily the cost.

    The TV is worth buying.
    ==> It's a good deal (i.e. a deal of value).

    The TV is a worthwhile investment.
    ==> It's a good investment. (i.e. an investment of value)

    The class is worth your time, effort, and money.
    ==> It's a valuable investment.

    The TV is worthless.
    ==> It's not valuable.

    The class is not worth your time.
    ==> The class is worthless. It's not a good investment.

    As a noun:

    What is its worth?
    ==> What is its value?

    What is her worth as an employee?
    ==> What is her value as an employee? Is she valuable to the company or not? Is she a worthwhile investment? Is she a valuable asset? Should we hire her?

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    As Cas noted, worthwhile refers to something's value. The word while refers to time. Anything that is worthwhile is worth spending time doing. By extension, anything that is worthwhile is valuable.

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    Thank you for your help :)

    The TV is worth buying.
    ==> It's a good deal (i.e. a deal of value).

    Is it also ok to paraphrase it with "It is worth buyng the TV"?

    Are these two sentences the same in meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy
    Thank you for your help :)

    The TV is worth buying.
    ==> It's a good deal (i.e. a deal of value).

    Is it also ok to paraphrase it with "It is worth buyng the TV"?

    Are these two sentences the same in meaning?
    Yes, but it would be more idiomatic to say, "It is worth it to buy the TV."

    • Another example.

      If you don't respect somebody's opinions, you might say, for example:

      [list:b2eb346bb9]"It isn't worthwhile to listen to him."
    [/list:u:b2eb346bb9]

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