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    'worth' usage

    Please, teachers, could you tell me if there's a difference between these sentences?
    If so, could you gimme some explanation? Thanks in advance.

    1) It is worth a house. These gifts are worth a house.
    2) It worthes a house. These gifts worth a house.

    what about these ones:

    1) It is worth nothing. "It" is very important.
    2) It worths nothing. "It" is not important at all.

    Thanks

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    Re: 'worth' usage

    The first example is correct English in both examples.
    1) It is worth a house, These gifts are worth a house. BOTH are correct; the first
    sentence refers to a single thing (IT); the second to multiple things (These).
    2) It worthes a house. (No such word as 'worthes')
    These gifts worth a house. (Sentence fragment- no verb)
    3) It is worth nothing. "It" is very important. BOTH are correct: the second sentence
    has quote marks(" ") around the word IT. This seems to be a case of refering to
    the word "IT". The meaning of the two sentences is an example of OPPOSITES.
    4) It worths nothing. (No such word as "worths"): "It" is not important at all. Correct
    grammar for 'The word "it" is not an important word.'
    Hope this helps.
    Good Luck

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    Re: 'worth' usage

    thank you oregeezer, but... Can't 'worth' be a verb?

    'It worths nothing' sounds good.

    Please, could you gimme some more detailed explanation on this, I am afraid the coin hasn't dropped yet about the 'worth' usage. Actually, I guess those sentences are all correct, right? If so, I'd like to know the differences between them, let me put it on this way:
    Is there a difference between these senteces?

    It is worth a penny.
    It worthes a penny.

    Thank you in advance.

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