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    Question it worth?

    what is the correct way of using the word "worth"?

    I mean i could expect saying "It worths doing that... " which in fact is wrong and it shout be "It worth".. why aren't we using the s at the end?

    Why is the "It is worthing" wrong?

    many thanks in advance

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    Re: it worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by panosgr View Post
    What is the correct way of using the word "worth"?

    I mean, I could expect to be saying: "It worth doing that... " Which, in fact, is wrong. It should be "It is worth." Why aren't we using the s at the end?

    Why is "It is worthing" wrong?

    Many thanks in advance.
    Worth is a tricky word, but very useful, so this is an excellent question.

    Worthing is wrong because worth is a noun, not a verb. The noun worth, meaning value, is rarely pluralized.

    It's also an idiom meaning "useful to be": It's worth remembering = It's useful to be remembering.

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    Re: it worth?

    many thanks that was a very useful and comprehensive reply

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    Re: it worth?

    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.

    "Worth" is an odd duck. As used in phrases of the type "X is [not] worth Y", most dictionaries classify it as an adjective. In any case, here are some examples of how it is used:
    Romeo and Juliet is a play worth reading. (Also: Romeo and Juliet is worth reading.)

    If you like tragedy, it's worth reading Romeo and Juliet.

    John's advice is worth taking; he knows what he's talking about.

    Speaker 1: Do you think his plan will work?
    Speaker 2: It's worth a try.

    For what it's worth, I think you did a good job.

    Is it worth it to buy a new computer? Our old computer is slow, but it still works.
    Also: Is buying a new computer worth it? Is it worth buying a new computer?

    Getting an education is worth the hassle of doing homework.

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    Re: it worth?

    hmm...intresting! thanks for the examples:)

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