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    It will be worth while to come to the meeting

    The subject is the gerund.

    We can read:
    Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: worth sth / doing sth
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: be worth (doing) something
    Murphy (intermediate): It’s worth + ing.

    Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: It will be worth your while to come to the meeting
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: be worth somebody's while (to do/doing something)
    Murphy: -

    The question is whether we can say: “It will be worth while to come to the meeting”?

    My textbook says it is possible, but I am skeptical.

    Michael

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    Re: It will be worth while to come to the meeting

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    The subject is the gerund.

    We can read:
    Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: worth sth / doing sth
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: be worth (doing) something
    Murphy (intermediate): It’s worth + ing.

    Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: It will be worth your while to come to the meeting
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: be worth somebody's while (to do/doing something)
    Murphy: -

    The question is whether we can say: “It will be worth while to come to the meeting”?

    My textbook says it is possible, but I am skeptical.

    Michael
    It is, though many speakers would prefer the gerund, and feel that, in that case, the "while" is redundant: 'It is worth coming to the meeting' (after all if it's "worth your while to come to the meeting" it is "worth coming", and the "worth your while" only adds something if there's contrastive stress: 'It's worth your while to go to the meeting, but there's no point in my going').

    In use as an attributive adjective the words are often joined: 'this is a worthwhile enterprise'.

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 03-Nov-2008 at 17:33. Reason: Fix typo

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