Cambridge Dictionary always disappoints me. In the entry of "worth", it is said that it is an "adjective":


e.g. Our house is worth £200,000.

In fact, Longman is correct in regarding it as a preposition:


e.g. The company’s assets are worth $70 a share.

Am I right?

  • See en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/worth Good Luck. – Kris Jun 4 '18 at 5:48
  • See also: English Language Learners which is especially helpful to non-native speakers of the English language. – Kris Jun 4 '18 at 5:48
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    @Kris: How is this an "English language learners" question? It seems to be a question about linguistics, not about how to use the word "worth". – herisson Jun 4 '18 at 5:51
  • @sumelic I don't think the OP meant the linguistic aspect at all, considering that the OP is a non-native speaker. Think again, the idea here is to be helpful to the OP, not display our scholarship. – Kris Jun 4 '18 at 6:01
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    See also What part of speech is 'worth' (closed as a duplicate but containing valuable analyses). John Lawler gives a balanced overview: '.. the categorial status of worth is a matter of some dispute. It has variously been claimed to be a preposition and an adjective (cf Maling 1983 and McCawley 1985).... I will have nothing to say about the categorial status of worth here, since the matter is irrelevant to its meaning ... no matter what category worth may belong to, it is an atypical example of the category.' – Edwin Ashworth Jun 4 '18 at 7:19

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