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'Worth Doing' or 'Worth to Do'? Which One Is Correct? | Mastering Grammar

(Last Updated: 8 January 2023)


Worth Doing or Worth to Do: Which One Is Correct?

The adjective worth is never followed by an infinitive. Use the pattern worth doing something:

This book is definitely worth reading.
This book is definitely worth to read.

It is worth making a booking before you go.
It is worth to make a booking before you go.

We believe that this topic is well worth discussing.
We believe that this topic is well worth to discuss.

A lot of the small shops in this city are worth visiting.
A lot of the small shops in this city are worth to visit.

A very common mistake in relation to the use of worth is using it as a verb:

❌ This book worths buying.
✅ This book is worth buying.

❌ The film worthed watching.
✅ The film was worth watching.

❌ It worths helping people in need.
✅ It is worth helping people in need.

Just relax! It doesn't worth getting worked up about it.
Just relax! It's not worth getting worked up about it.

Examples from the Media

Is moving away for school a rite of passage worth going into debt for? —Toronto Star (2013)

It is worth asking why fashion remains the most culturally potent force that everyone loves to deride. —The New York Times (2007)

Is it worth taking out personal cyber insurance in case you are caught up in a data hack? —The Guardian (2022)

The Easter story is one of sacrifice and betrayal. In a prayer, Christ asks to be spared his trial. He is tormented by a fickle crowd and dies in agony on the cross. Today, Easter Sunday, celebrates his resurrection. It is a cruel, cynical world—and yet love triumphs. Even for those who cannot believe, this story is surely worth remembering. —The Sydney Morning Herald (2011)

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