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Dear Ted:

What do "It's worth it" and "She or He worth it" mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above expressions?

BTW, is it correct to call them "expressions"?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

What do "It's worth it" and "She or He worth it" mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above expressions?

BTW, is it correct to call them "expressions"?

*** Yes, they are idiomatic expressions.  They mean that a person or a thing is of some value and is, therefore, important.

EXAMPLES:

He bought his wife a very expensive diamond ring, because he thought she was worth it.

I contributed some money to the congressman's campaign, because I think he is worth it.

Although they had to pay extra for first-class accommodations, they did not regret doing so, because the luxury was well worth it.

Ted

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