worth a lot of money
is also often followed by a noun phrase when we are discussing
the monetary value of something or somebody and saying how
much it or they are worth. With this construction the question forms
how much and what are often used:
/ How much do you think this violin is worth? ~ It must be worth
a fortune. It's a stradivarius.
bought me earrings worth two thousand pounds. ~ Gosh, how much
is he worth? ~ He's a dollar millionaire!
worth a lot / a great deal /etc
these expressions we are saying how good, useful or reliable
something or someone is:
always there for me. Her companionship is worth a great deal to
me. She's worth her weight in gold.
government's promises and policies are not worth very much. The
policies are not worth the paper they're printed on.
that to be worth your weight in gold and not worth the
paper they are printed on are both idioms. Word order cannot
worth somebody's while
you say it will be worth your while to do something, it means
that you will get some (financial) advantage or benefit from it,
even though it may take some time or trouble:
would be well worth your while to invest in shares now while the
stock market is low.
not really worth my while to spend the whole day on my feet behind
the counter for as little as fifty pounds.
from the above example that worth can also be modified by
well to make the expression well worth.
something is worthwhile it is well worth the time, money
or effort that you spend on it:
was a worthwhile journey - he got to see everyone on his list.
meeting was so worthwhile and all the arguments about profit margins
have now been sorted out.
worthwhile simply means of value and can be used in
a similar way to worth with preliminary it. Compare the following:
may be worth comparing this year's profit margins with last year's
may be worthwhile to compare this year's profit margins with last
may be worth your while to compare this year's profit margins
with last year's
that if something is worthless, it has no value or use:
guarantee will be worthless if the company goes out of business.
hyperinflation the local currency has become virtually worthless.