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    worthwhile

    Dear teachers,

    I found in Longman dictionary "worthwhile to do something" and "worthwhile doing something". But my grammar book reads "worthwhile" should be followed by "doing". Could you please kindly explain if there is any difference between the two pattens in Longman?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: worthwhile

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I found in Longman dictionary "worthwhile to do something" and "worthwhile doing something". But my grammar book reads "worthwhile" should be followed by "doing". Could you please kindly explain if there is any difference between the two pattens in Longman?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I would not use "worthwhile to do".

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    Re: worthwhile

    It might be worthwhile to try to find some contexts for each.
    It's hardly worthwhile answering questions without context.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: worthwhile

    So any difference in usage between the two forms or they can be used interchangeably?


    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It might be worthwhile to try to find some contexts for each.
    It's hardly worthwhile answering questions without context.

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    Re: worthwhile

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    So any difference in usage between the two forms or they can be used interchangeably?
    Yes there is and no they can't.

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    Re: worthwhile

    Could you be kind enough to let me know if there are any rules to follow? Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes there is and no they can't.

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    Re: worthwhile

    I have looked at a few grammars and dictionaries, and there does not seem to be a clear difference. Here's the way I use wortwhile/worth while.

    I think this is a worthwhile job. One word, only directly before a noun.
    Spending time and money on a higher degree isn't worth (my) while doing/to do.
    Soending time and money on a higher degree isn't worth
    while doing.
    It isn't worth my while to go to university.
    In the future.
    It isn't worth (while) going to university these days. Present/General.
    Trying to keep that old wreck going isn't worth while.
    It isn't worth (while) trying to keep that old wreck going.
    That old wreck isn't worth while the time and effort I spend on it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 17-Aug-2012 at 09:51. Reason: typo

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