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James also hinted last week at a possible appearance at a Blaze Pizza in Culver City with a tweet on Monday. But James never showed up, leaving a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed. The mural was gone hours later. Other public institutions, like the famous Santa Monica pier Ferris wheel, have shown their excitement through a variety of displays. So to see the fans positively react to the four-time MVP must have been a welcome sign for him.

I don't quite understand a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed in this context. I can understand if the sentence have written as a massive line of fans disappointed. I don't know why worth is added?

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  • The linked story has been edited to "a massive line of fans". So I guess the editors decided that "worth" was unnecessary in the same way you did. – John Feltz Jul 17 '18 at 23:14
  • @JohnFeltz this is interesting. Do you have any ideas why worth is used from a native speaker's perspective? I am eager to know that. Thanks! – dan Jul 18 '18 at 0:47
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    "a massive line" = there was literally a line; "a massive line's worth" = there were enough people to form a massive line, but they weren't actually standing in line. You could use this expression as, for example, "an arena's worth of people" = enough people to fill an arena, but you didn't actually have an arena to put them in. – John Feltz Jul 18 '18 at 0:50
  • @JohnFeltz oh, I see it. So it seems that the author thought it should be a literal massive line in this case. That's why he edited to a massive line of fans. Is that correct? – dan Jul 18 '18 at 1:13
  • Yes, that's the distinction given by "worth" – John Feltz Jul 18 '18 at 1:17

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