Because I'm worth it

It's an expensive restaurant but it's worth it. The food is excellent.

It is worth it when something is good enough or has enough advantages that the negative aspects (the effort that you make, the expense etc) are acceptable. You give some sort of value to stg/sb.
  • (to a girl after she breaks up with her boyfriend) Don't cry. Forget about him. He isn't worth it.
  • You have to climb up narrow steps to get to the top but it is (well) worth it. The views are spectacular.
  • They paid €30m for the young Brazilian footballer. Let's hope he's worth it.



His latest film is worth seeing. I really enjoyed it.

If something is worth doing or having, it is useful or important to have or do. It's not a waste of time.
  • Her idea is worth considering. We have nothing to lose.
  • It isn't worth going to the meeting. You won't learn anything that you don't already know.
  • It is (well) worth visiting the museum. It has an impressive collection.

Can you think of things that were worth it in the end?

Can you recommend things (not) to do? Books worth reading? Places worth visiting? Films worth seeing? etc


Worth is also used to express how much something costs:
  • A: How much is that painting worth? B: It's a masterpiece. It's priceless.
  • He bought his house for €200,000 a few years ago. It's worth double that now.
  • A: I'll give you $50 for your bike. B: Oh come on! It's worth a lot more than that.

Worthless is an adjective that describes something that you couldn't get any money for:
  • It's such an old car that it'd be worthless now.
  • It is an antique but it is virtually worthless now because it isn't in perfect condition.


What things are worth more now than when you bought them? What things are worth less?



Idiom:

be worth your/its weight in gold: to be extremely useful or valuable
  • She's worth her weight in gold. Since she joined the team, sales have increased dramatically.
  • This new gadget saves me so much time. It really is worth its weight in gold.

Who or what is worth their/its weight in gold?







Look up worth in a dictionary. What other uses does it have?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Graham:

I like this post very much. I agree with you. It´s real life. I think there are a lot of things not be worth and I´m sure that the effort almost always be worth. As was your effort, as will be your prize. I think is necessary to make an effort to improve society and the human species.

Can you think of things that were worth in the end? The culture always is worth. It´s a general knowledge that the culture rewards. It´s the best. The people with culture are happier than the other people and they are less illness than the rest. This is scientific evidence.

I recommend to read too much and to know other people, cultures, thinking, galaxies, etc. My flat is worth more now that when I bought it, but my car is worth less now that I bought it.

Who o what is worth their/its weight in gold? Things are worth don´t weigth, generally, so I can´t say anything that weights, for instance “to share a dream” (¡what affected!). The people don´t have too much money they say that the most important is to dream. LOL

To add to excellent post I remind a Spanish saying: “It´s not bad that by good doesn´t came” (more or less) or another sentence, but I don´t remember its author: “If you cry by lose the sun yours tears will prevent to see the stars”.

See you soon. José.
Graham said…
Hi José.

I'll correct your comment another time if you don't mind. I can't face doing it right now. I don't have the energy. :-)
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham:

You don´t have to correct my comment. I´m very, very grateful for you work. First time I see I can learn English, thank you very much Graham.

See you. José.
Graham said…
Hi José!

I was only kidding! I look forward to your cryptic comments each week. :D

Ok I've taken a few deep breaths - here goes....

... I think there are a lot of things that aren't worth it and I´m sure that any effort is almost always worth it. The more effort you make, the bigger your prize. I think it is necessary to make an effort to improve society and the human species.

Can you think of things that were worth it in the end? Culture is always worth it. .... People with culture are happier than other people and they have fewer illnesses than the rest.

I recommend reading a lot and getting to know other people, cultures, ways of thinking, galaxies, etc.

My flat is worth more now than when I bought it, but my car is worth less now than when I bought it.

... Things that are worth it, generally, have no weight. For instance “to share a dream” (¡How soppy!). People who don´t have too much money say that the most important thing is to dream. LOL

I'd just like to add to this excellent post with a Spanish saying that came to mind - No hay mal que por bien no venga “Out of everything bad comes something good" (maybe it's the equivalent of "Every cloud has a silver lining" or another sentence, but I don´t remember its author "Si lloras por no haber visto el sol las lágrimas te impedirán ver las estrellas" “If you cry for not having seen the sun your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars”. I'm not sure what the equivalent English saying would be but I can tell you that it's a quotation from a book by Tagore.

Well that's it - I've finished. I'm in need of a stiff drink now. :D
Anonymous said…
Thank you very much Graham.

The English class has given you ten points by your shortbread, but I can´t believe that you had made it. I´m sorry. Do you agree Lucía?

See you soon. José.
Graham said…
José,

10 points for my shortbread? You are far too generous.

But I was quite happy with my first effort - the next time will be even better.

Once I took a tortilla to class and said that I had made it. I didn't have enough time so I bought it and made it look as if it had been my effort.

But this shortbread was 100% made by me!!!!!!
Anonymous said…
Graham, if you tell me that you had made your shortbreak I believe you and I continue giving ten points. It was from professional cook. However, please don´t try you to make a Spanish tortilla, because you can fail. It´s not common to see Scottish people making Spanish tortilla.

See you tomorrow. José.
Graham said…
José,

I used to make a good Spanish omelette but my more recent attempts haven't been as good.

Don´t try to make a Spanish tortilla...

We don't say the subject of the sentence in inperatives.

Have you a good weekend! WRONG

Have a good weekend! RIGHT


Don't you give up! WRONG

Don't give up! RIGHT
Anonymous said…
Thank you very much Graham.

I can´t believe that you made a Spanish omelette. You are stealing our secret most important. It´s our secret weapon. It can´t be.
See you. José.