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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.
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.
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
Soending time and money on a higher degree isn't worth
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
whilethe time and effort I spend on it.
Last edited by 5jj; 17-Aug-2012 at 09:51. Reason: typo