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    ttt3771 is offline Newbie
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    What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    Yesterday I said this to a native speaker, then he mocked me with "You really doesn't English".
    Is there any grammatical mistake I have made in this sentence?

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    Re: What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttt3771 View Post
    Yesterday I said this to a native speaker, then he mocked me with "You really doesn't English".
    Is there Did I make any grammatical mistakes I have made in this that sentence?
    Welcome to the forum.

    It wasn't very nice of that native speaker to mock you. However, he was right that your sentence is not correct. You should have said "It really isn't worth $20". We use a form of the verb "to be" there.

    This car is worth $1000.
    This car isn't worth $2000.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    The mistake (which is a common one with people for whom English is a second language) was to use worth as a verb. You could say It really doesn't justify spending twenty dollars, using to do as an auxiliary verb. But worth twenty dollars is an adjective phrase which must be attached to the verb to be.
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    Re: What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    "You really doesn't English"? Are you sure that's what he/she said?

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    Re: What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    It should be:

    "It really isn't worth $20."

    "worth" isn't a verb. And the guy you talked to is an a**hole.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Aug-2017 at 09:21. Reason: Asterisked offensive word.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: What is wrong with the sentence "It really doesn't worth $20"?

    Thanks, Bubba. Somehow I missed the entire context and made an earlier comment that wasn't even part of the conversation.

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