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    #1

    Red face the word worth - how to use it

    hello

    I'd like to say about celebrity gossip. Can I say:

    1. It is not worth attention/any interest/ an interest
    2. it is not worthy of attention/any interest/ an interest


    Does it sound good?

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    #2

    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    "Worth" is a special adjective. When it is followed by a gerund phrase, the object of that phrase is the subject of the clause.

    3. Gossip about celebrities is not worth reading. (~ Reading gossip about celebrities is not worthwhile.)
    4. Gossip about celebrities is not worth listening to. (~ Listening to gossip about celebrities is not worthwhile.)
    5. Gossip about celebrities is not worth indulging in. (~ Indulging in gossip about celebrities is not worthwhile.)

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    #3

    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    It is not worth attention/any interest/ an interest
    it is not worthy of attention/any interest/ an interest
    Birne, in German you would end those sentences mit ein Punkt, ja?

    You need to do the same in English.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Feb-2017 at 23:36. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #4

    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    So my sentences are wrong? Nobody says that. So I am not sure about it.
    @ Phaedrus, you just typed different sentences. You mean I can't use a noun after 'worth'? So what would the sentence look like if we wanted to say about celebrity gossip, and use interest, attention like above. I can't use worth/worthy of?


    @ Rover_KE
    I am not a German so I don't know what you mean
    Last edited by Birne; 16-Feb-2017 at 02:01.

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    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    Your member info has you down as a German, so you may want to correct it in your profile if that is not the case. Regardless, the point was being made, if snarkily, that you didn't end your sentences with full stops. While we're on the subject:
    * Your "hello" should be "Hello," with a capital H and either a comma or a full stop at the end of it.
    * "To say about" requires something that you want to say. When you write "I'd like to say about celebrity gossip", my reaction is to ask "What do you want to say about celebrity gossip?" The verb you are looking for here is "talk about".
    * The question at the end should be "Do they sound good?", as you have two sentences.

    Onto the topic at hand then. As Phaedrus said, it is most usual to use a gerund ("-ing" word) after "worth" As an addition to his suggestions, I might say "Celebrity gossip is not worth paying attention to". If you don't want to use this construction, then the noun following "worth" has to be more definite in some way, I think, for it to sound natural. One might say "It's not worth the attention of [some group]" or "... not worth your attention". But if you wanted to use "worthy of" instead, then using an indefinite noun works perfectly! Note that in neither case does "an interest" sound natural.

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    #6

    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    Quote Originally Posted by Birne View Post
    So my sentences are wrong? Nobody says that.
    They're not right.

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    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    Thanks Calis for your reply. You seem to give the most exact answer that I have expected. So
    Celebrity gossip is not worth paying attention to wins the contest. Would you use exactly this construction to get across this message. Or would you say it in a different way?

    If I may ...
    1. In Cambridge or Oxford books with sample e-mails they do not use a coma or full stop after Hi.
    2. Does is sound good? May be correct if you mean the BLOCK for the two sentences; the SET of the two sentences.
    Last edited by Birne; 16-Feb-2017 at 20:22.

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    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    I think people would be more likely to say something like Celebrity gossip is a waste of time.

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    #9

    Re: the word worth - how to use it

    I heard that Kim Kardashian said that!
    I am not a teacher.

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