Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

how to use the word "worth it" in English

Is it worth it to get an Uber or a Lyft instead of taking the subway in New York City?

In my opinion it depends on your day, the weather, what you’re doing, and where you’re trying to go.

Today we’re talking about the word “worth” and it’s extensions in English conversation.

Today we start with a great question from a listener:

Hello, Lindsay and Michelle, how are you?

This is Hsu, Shu-Wei from Taiwan, you can call me Daniel. This is my first time posting a question here. I’ve been listening to your podcast on my phone for a long time, and find your podcast really helpful! I use Podcast App so that I can subscribe to your podcast and listen to it when I’m showering every day.

Recently, I have been wondering how to use the word “worth”. I know it also has “worthy”, and “worthwhile”. Would you please do one episode on this so that I get more knowledge of this word?

Thanks a million for your answer in advance and have a good one (I learned this from this podcast.) hahaha:D

Thank you again and best regards,



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What does “worth” mean?

The word “worth” means value.

Today we’ll show you a bunch of words that use “worth” as their root and are related to the concept of “value.”


  • Worth: This definition is from the dictionary online:
    • Adjective: equivalent in value to the sum or item specified. “Paintings worth $1450 were taken from the museum” or “that truck can’t be worth more than 1,800$”
      • Noun: the value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration; the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated or “they had to listen to every piece of gossip and judge its worth”
  • Worthwhile: adjective: worth the time, money, or effort spent; of value or importance.
    • “It would be worthwhile to check the ski conditions before heading to the mountain.”
    • “Why didn’t you take that cruise again? It’s not worthwhile. The price is too high for what you get.”
  • To be worth it: the more conversational way of saying this
    • “Why aren’t you going on the cruise? It’s not worth it.”
    • “Is it really worth it living in Manhattan when you could live in Queens for half the price?”
    • “In pop music culture you can listen to the song by Fifth Harmony -called “Baby I’m worth it”
  • Worthy- be careful, sounds like “worth it” when it’s spoken fast by natives.
    • Adjective- having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way (dictionary online)
      • “Issues worthy of further consideration.”
      • “Hunger is a worthy cause.”
      • Can be used on the end of words:
        • Noteworthy

What questions do you have from today?

Go out today and try to use these words related to “worth”

Good luck and enjoy!

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