Monday, March 19, 2012

L3 The "worth" structures

The "be + worth + -ing" structures

To talk about the value of an activity, we can use an -ing form with worth. Worth can be used in two structures:

1. As the -ing clause cannot be the subject, we use the preparatory it as subject (or its almost symmetrical alternative):

It is not worth getting upset (= getting upset is not worth it/worthwhile).
I live a short walk from here, so it's not worth taking a taxi (= taking a taxi is not worth it/worthwhile).
It isn't worth repairing your old car.

2. We can also use a structure in which the object of the -ing form is made the subject of the sentence:

Your old car isn't worth repairing.
What was the film like? Was it worth seeing?
The Greek Islands are definitely worth visiting.
I believe the welfare state is definitely worth fighting for.

Practise this second structure and conjugate the following examples:

the Prado Museum/ visit
Amenábar's latest film/ see

Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy/ read
tonight's football match on TV between Huesca and Alcoyano/ watch
'Big Brother' TV show/ watch

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