synonym for "is worth it"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ATambu, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. ATambu New Member

    do you know a synonym for to be worth it?

    Thank you in advice
  2. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    "To be worth it" can be used in many ways.

    Please give us a sample sentence.
  3. ATambu New Member

    this book is worth reading, for example
  4. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    Another Country
    English English
    This book deserves to be read and re-read is something literary critics might say.
  5. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    Ewie's answer is good. It's an interesting question because it's such a common thing to say that I don't really think much about synonyms for it.

    I don't think there's a single word that would work as a synonym. It would have to be replaced with a phrase. It's a vague recommendation, really. It means that I think that your time will be well-spent in reading this book.

    "This book has knowledge/insights that you will find valuable."
    "You won't regret the time you spend reading this book."
    "There are thoughts in this book that deserve your consideration."

    None of the above are conversational. :) For casual ways of saying the same thing, I would try:

    "You will get something out of this book if you read it."
    "Reading this book isn't a waste of time."
    "This book will make you think."
    "This book has something to say."

    Overall, whether something "is worth it" is a personal evaluation of the pros and cons. "Standing in line for two hours for a three-minute ride? It just isn't worth it."
  6. Lis48

    Lis48 Senior Member

    York, England
    English - British
    To merit is another synonym. This book merits reading. My girlfriend merits my love. Merit tends to refer more to quality and worth more to value.
  7. belle_gique Senior Member

    Scotland (English Language)
    to be worth something = to merit something, to deserve something

    "this books merits your undivided attention, it deserves a good read" etc
  8. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    It pays to read this book (it contains clues on how to steal the Crown Jewels).
  9. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    In the case of a book, you might describe it as "worthwhile reading" or a variation of this.

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