[Grammar] worthwhile to

KJOU

Junior Member
Joined
Aug 30, 2021
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Korean
Home Country
South Korea
Current Location
South Korea
It is (well) worthwhile to visit there.

It is worthwhile visiting there.

Are these correct ?
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
No, they don't work with "there".
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
1. It is (well) worthwhile to visit there. :cross:
2. It is worthwhile visiting there. :cross:

Are these correct?

Note my corrections above. Always number your sentences. Don't put a space before a question mark.

Sentence 1 is grammatically incorrect.
Sentence 2 would be OK if you changed "worthwhile" to "worth" and removed "there".

Q: Would you recommend that I go to Greece?
A: Yes, it's worth visiting.
 

KJOU

Junior Member
Joined
Aug 30, 2021
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Korean
Home Country
South Korea
Current Location
South Korea
Do you mean "It is worthwhile to go to Greece" is not correct?

Does it mean "worthwhile" can't be followed by "To-infinitive"?

Plus, I am grateful to you for correcting my sentences. It helps a lot. Big help!
 

Phaedrus

Key Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
I think it is worthwhile to point out that it is possible to say "It is worthwhile to visit Greece," even if we would more commonly say "Greece is worth visiting."

The sentence "It is worthwhile to visit Greece" means "To visit Greece is worthwhile."

Interestingly, H. W. Fowler objected to sentences like "It's worth visiting Greece" (assuming "it" is a placeholder), since we can't say "[strike]Visiting Greece is worth.[/strike]"

That said, I think Fowler would have been fine with "It's worth visiting Greece" if "it" referred to something and the speaker considered it undesirable to visit Greece.
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
We can also say X is worth a visit.
 
Top