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    Pay off and worth

    1. All the hard work I had done over the summer paid off.

    2. It's worth to work hard over the summer because your work has succeeded.

    I try to make sentences with the words "pay off" and "worth" because they sound very close in meaning to me.

    Are the above two sentences correct grammatically in the same meaning?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Pay off and worth

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. All the hard work I had done over the summer paid off.
    That's grammatical, but do you have a particular reason for using the past perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    2. It's worth it to work hard over the summer because your work has succeeded.
    That's grammatical now, but it's still not natural.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I try to make sentences with the words "pay off" and "worth" because they sound very close in meaning to me.
    Here, we see a more serious (and very common) problem. The tense is missing! Consider "I'm trying", "I tried", "I've tried" or "I've been trying", for example.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Are the above two sentences correct grammatical, and do they have ly in the same meaning?
    Thanks.
    The expressions "worth it" and "paid off" are close, but they're not necessarily interchangeable.

    For example,

    Don't be upset by what she did. She's not worth it. [Here, "pay/paid off" wouldn't work.]
    Their strategy paid off at the end, and the business started making a profit. [Here, "worth it" wouldn't work.]

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    Re: Pay off and worth

    Dear Teechar,

    "She's not worth it."

    It means "she is not worth it." because "worth" is an adjective. Am I correct?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Sep-2017 at 08:19. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Pay off and worth

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    2. It's worth to work hard over the summer because your work has succeeded.
    I think it is grammatical if 'worthwhile' is used instead of 'worth'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. All the hard work I had done over the summer paid off.
    See the rule below.
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    You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Pay off and worth

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    Dear Teechar,

    "She's not worth it."

    It means "she is not worth it." because "worth" is an adjective. Am I correct?

    Thanks.
    Yes.

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    Re: Pay off and worth

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post

    "She's not worth it."

    It means "She is not worth it", because "worth" is an adjective. Am I correct?
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    Re: Pay off and worth

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it is grammatical if 'worthwhile' is used instead of 'worth'.


    See the rule below.
    Dear Matthew,

    I don't understand the rule that you mentioned?

    Ju

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    Re: Pay off and worth

    See whether you can understand this post https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1156557
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