be worth it/ be worthy

bernar3

Senior Member
Spanish, Spain
Hello,

I have some troubles in this sentence. Is it "be worth it" o "be worthy"


Where else would solar energy be worth it, if not in Spain?



Thank you!!
 
  • Trisia

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    Hello,

    I could easily answer your question (just like most of us here), but we're very much interested in hearing your opinion. What do you think matches?
     

    bernar3

    Senior Member
    Spanish, Spain
    I think it is "be worthy" but I have been thinking of it and now I am confused.

    Thank!
     

    liliput

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    I hope it doesn't step to far outside the bounds of this forum if I include some Spanish in my explanation to make it clearer for a Spanish native.
    "To be worth it" means the benefits are more valuable than the costs. It translates as "valer la pena".
    "To be worthy" is like "to deserve", it translates as "merecer".
    Do you still think it's "be worthy"?
     

    Trisia

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    I only asked that because your sentence doesn't have a context (so it smells a bit like homework).

    Be worthy = to deserve something/someone
    to be worth = to be reasonable in a cost benefit analysis
     

    dn88

    Senior Member
    Polish
    This book is worth reading. - it must be very interesting.

    This product is worth buying.
    - you won't regret that purchase.
     
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