help me: is the sentence write? "the change in the textbooks is worth pleasing?"

China
May 28, 2009 9:24pm CST
one of my students wrote the sentence in the titile, and he insisted he was right. I wonder whether the native English speaker speak that way. thank you
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
29 May 09
It doesn't sound right to me. In fact, I can't even tell what is trying to be said. Is he trying to say that "The change in the textbooks is pleasing" meaning that he likes the new text books? Because that's the only thing I can think of, in which case that isn't exactly how it would be worded in English, though it gets the point across. Most native speakers would say "I like the change in the textbooks". Other than that, I'm not sure what else he was trying to say, so if you know and could tell me then I could help you a little more with it! But as it's written, no, it is not correct English because 'worth pleasing' does not properly fit in the context of the sentence.
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• China
29 May 09
Thank you. he means that the high school textbooks have been out of date, and the present change should be encouraged. so ,we should feel pleased about it.
@phyrre (2324)
• United States
29 May 09
Oh, ok. I get it now. Then yes. Basic English would be something like "I like the change in textbooks" or "The idea of changing the textbooks pleases me" (though this wording is a bit more formal and isn't really something people would use nowadays in conversation or anything). Something along those lines. ^_^ Hope that helped. Let me know if you have any other questions about this.
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• Beijing, China
8 Feb 15
Your advice is true.I study so much.Thank you
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
29 May 09
Sorry, that sentence doesn't make sense. Sounds like something needs to be added at the end.
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• China
29 May 09
thank you
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
31 May 09
For me its not so suited with thought of the sentence might be we can have another word that exactly matches that way. It can be "The edition,update,new set up of the textbooks is worth pleasing. But sometimes it depends upon the sentence what kind of style he made or follow. I think there are many style of it but there is also a standard use od a sentence. Ther is also called the art of showing your real feeling of describing anything.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
31 May 09
I think it is something which I cannot truly understand. I would like things which are direct and this is not at all of the style that would please me. Cheers!!
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
29 May 09
The original sentence makes no sense. He could have written "The change in the textbooks pleases me" or "I am pleased by the changes in the textbooks".