We saw in the last post that it is necessary to consider countability when choosing between (a) few and (a) little.
In this post we look at how to express positive and negative attitude with (a) few. Continue reading
In the world of banking it is possible to invest money in a so-called hedge fund. This kind of investment allows you to invest your money without being 100% certain about making a profit, even though you are quietly confident that you will.
In the world of language we can do something similar. We can use hedging devices in writing to show that we are ‘confidently uncertain’ about our claims.
Let’s take a bold claim and look at how we might use hedging devices to ‘soften’ it to show that we are uncertain but confident. Compare the following texts. Continue reading
Taking a break between school and university is worthy of their time.
OK so here it would be better to write:
And so why, in this situation, is it better to write worth rather than worthy (of)?
Use worth when you want to evaluate a thing, person, or action:
This is particularly useful when you want to evaluate claims in IELTS Task 2 writing.
Use worthy (of) when you want to say that a thing, person or action deserves attention, effort, or respect. The key word here is deserve:
Note that worthy (of) is now considered quite old fashioned. These days it is used more often to refer to people rather than things. The last two examples would now more likely be written:
Unfortunately there are some grammar and collocation issues relating to the word worth. Lucky for you, these are described with examples in a previous post.