English Expression: be worth it.

English Expression: be worth it

English Expression: be worth it. In Spanish you say ‘vale la pena‘ and in English we say ‘it’s worth it’ The word ‘worth’ means having value.

TO BE WORTH IT (SOMETHING)

FORM

Subject + to be + worth + object

MEANING AND EXAMPLES

  • The value of something is more than what it cost
    • It’s expensive to have a financial advisor, but it’s worth it. You save in the long run.
    • I think buying a new car is worth it if you have the money.
    • It’s not worth getting upset over. We can replace the bike.
  • The value of something is more than the effort you put into it
    • I know therapy can be difficult, but it is worth it in the long run.
    • I don’t think being upset all the time is worth it.
    • Is it really worth all the time you put into studying?

TO BE WORTH IT (SOMEONE)

FORM

Subject + to be + worth + object

MEANING AND EXAMPLES

  • Someone is worth the effort you put into them (usually in a relationship)
  • Use when you want to emphasize that the worth is the person and not the effort.
    • You seem to be always fighting. Is she really worth it? (Is she more important than all the fighting?)
    • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think he is worth it. (emphasis on he)
    • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think it’s worth it. (emphasis on my effort)

English Expressions

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