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    #1

    more worth. more worthy.


    is his work more valuable than mine?
    is his work worthier than mine?
    is his work more worthy than mine?
    is his work more worthy it than mine?


    Hi,
    Does any of these sentences make any sense, please?
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    #2

    Re: more worth. more worthy.

    The first does, but "worthy" doesn't mean "having worth"/"being worth something" - so the last three don't. You could say 'is his work worth more than mine?'

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    Re: more worth. more worthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The first does, but "worthy" doesn't mean "having worth"/"being worth something" - so the last three don't. You could say 'is his work worth more than mine?'

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    thanks.

    what's the difference between worth and worthy, please? I always forget it.

    in "is his work worth more than mine?" is "worth" a noun?

    when you say that I "could" say it, do you mean that I "should not"?

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    Re: more worth. more worthy.

    Is his work more valuable than mine? This makes perfect sense. It asks if his work is worth more than yours.

    Is his work worthier than mine? This also makes sense. It asks whether his work is
    worth more than yours. The adjective worthy has the connotation 'being more deserving of praise and/or admiration', as distinguished from solely monetary value.

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    s his work more worthy than mine? This makes sense. It is identical in meaning to the previous sentence. Again, this would have the connotation of worthiness, meaning "having merit, deserving of admiration".

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    s his work more worthy it than mine? Because of the word 'it', this sentence is not correct.


    I hope this is helpful. All best wishes,

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    Re: more worth. more worthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Is his work more valuable than mine? This makes perfect sense. It asks if his work is worth more than yours.

    Is his work worthier than mine? This also makes sense. It asks whether his work is
    worth more than yours. The adjective worthy has the connotation 'being more deserving of praise and/or admiration', as distinguished from solely monetary value.

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    s his work more worthy than mine? This makes sense. It is identical in meaning to the previous sentence. Again, this would have the connotation of worthiness, meaning "having merit, deserving of admiration".

    I
    s his work more worthy it than mine? Because of the word 'it', this sentence is not correct.


    I hope this is helpful. All best wishes,

    Petra
    Thanks a lot Petra.

    As a native, which of the first 3 sentences (if any) you would use as yours?

    I have a hard time trying to understand the word "worth", especially when it is followed by "it".

    When I say "this effort isn't worth it", why do I have to put an "it" after "worth"? does it mean the same as "this effort isn't worthy"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: more worth. more worthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks.
    what's the difference between worth and worthy, please? I always forget it.
    in "is his work worth more than mine?" is "worth" a noun?
    thanks.
    "Worth" can be a noun - in a sentence like 'I began to doubt my own worth'. But in the sentence in the quote, 'is worth' acts as a verb; I'll leave it to another teacher to say what 'worth' is there - I'd guess it's an adjective, but this technical stuff isn't really my strong point. Sorry

    And on your first point, 'worthy' means something like 'having moral worth'.

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