worth + V-ing/N(P) worthy + to V/to be V-en/of N(P) cannot too 1. can never + over can hardly enough 2. be
Example: The threat could never be taken too seriously. 1. cannot too 1. can never + over can hardly enough The threat could never be taken seriously enough.
Example: We cannot overemphasize the importance of honesty. 2. cannot too 1. can never + over can hardly enough We cannot be too honest. We cannot be honest enough.
Choose the answer which best explains each of the following sentences. The first one has been done for you. Exercise A ( )1. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness. (A) Your kindness means nothing to me. (B) I really appreciate your kindness. (C) I dont think I should say Thank you! to you. B
( )2. One can never be too careful when driving. (A) You can be careless as long as you know how to drive. (B) Driving lessons are always arranged carefully. (C) When driving, one should be as careful as possible. C
( )3. The threat of nuclear weapons can hardly be overestimated. (A) People can estimate the threat of nuclear weapons. (B) Its impossible to overestimate the threat of nuclear weapons. (C) People can imagine how threatening nuclear weapons are. B
( )4. Our environment cannot be over- protected. (A) Our environment is not worth protecting. (B) Our environment can never be protected enough. (C) Protecting our environment is the governments business. B
( )5. Senior high school students cannot study hard enough for college entrance exams. (A) Hardly can students prepare for college entrance exams. (B) Students hardly know how to prepare for college entrance exams. (C) College entrance exams are so difficult that its impossible to prepare too much for them. C
Tom is always careful when driving. However, last week he had an accident and was seriously hurt. What will you tell him as advice? (never/cautious/enough) _____________________________________ _________ Use one of the above patterns and the given words to answer each of the following questions. The first one has been done for you. Exercise B 1 You can never be cautious enough when driving.
Jack is very conscious of what he eats. What will he tell you if you ask him how to stay healthy? (not/too/conscious) _____________________________________ _____ 2 You cannot be too conscious of what you eat.
Linda thought she had practiced enough for the speech contest. However, when she was on stage, she got too nervous to give her speech. What will you tell her as advice? (hardly/over/prepared/for/speech contest) _____________________________________ ________________ 3 You can hardly be over-prepared for the speech contest.
Tim has many fair-weather friends. What will you tell him as advice? (not/too/careful/in/choose/friend) _____________________________________ _________ 4 You cannot be too careful in choosing friends.
Back The teacher believes keeping on learning is very important in todays world. What will she give as advice to her students? (never/learn/enough) ____________________________________ 5 One/You can never learn enough.
1.Such a significant commitment is always worth keeping/worthy to be kept. 2.He is not worth/worthy of her love. worth + V-ing/N(P) worthy + to V/to be V-en/of N(P) 2. be Examples:
This used car is still in excellent condition so I will buy it. (buy) This used car __________________ __________________. 1. is worth buying/ worthy to be bought Rewrite each of the following sentences with one of the above patterns and the given words. The first one has been done for you. Exercise A
Green Island is such a beautiful place that we should spend our vacation there. (visit) Green Island __________________ __________________. 2. is worthy visiting/ worthy to be visited
My teacher strongly recommends this novel to us. (read) The novel _____________________ _______. 3. is worth reading/worthy to be read
Volunteer service is a way to help others. You can learn a lot from it. (effort) Volunteer service _______________ __________. 4. is worth/worthy of your effort
When they were discussing the companys financial problem, John put forward a brilliant solution. (their consideration) Johns solution _________________ ________________. 5. was worth/worthy of their consideration
Vivian is helping David to buy a Valentines gift for his girlfriend. Complete each of the following dialogues with one of the above patterns and the given words. The first one has been done for you. Exercise B
1. V: See, theres a big sale at that department store. I think you may find a perfect Valentines gift for your girl friend there. D: I dont think its a good idea. Nothing looks special at all there. I think none of the things there _________________ (attention). is worth my attention
2. V: Since you dont like department stores, the flea market may be a good choice. You can find many interesting and inexpensive things there. D: Sounds great. I think the flea market ____________________________. (visit). is worth visiting/worthy to be visited
3. V: Look! Its the first album by the most popular rap singer. My brother think its pretty cool. Maybe you can buy it for your girlfriend. D: Well, as I know, the lyrics in the album are full of sex and violence. I really dont think it ______________ _______________________ (listen to). is worth listening to/worthy to be listened to
4. V: Then how about this? This antique camera looks so neat. Your girlfriend is interested in photography, isnt she? D: Yes. She likes taking pictures, and she collects cameras. Look at it. Its so exquisite. Its makers artistry __________________________ (admiration). is worth/worthy of admiration
Back 5. D: How much is this camera? Vendor: It costs NT$10,000, but I can give you a special discount. That will be $5,000. You know, antique cameras __________ ________________________ __________. (always/invest in) D: O.K. Ill take it. My girlfriend will surely love it. are always worth investing in/worthy to be invested in