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If someone has to buy something "worth a particular amount", which will be the more natural way to express this?

  1. I want $20 worth of X.

  2. I want $20 of X.

Which version is more common in AmE, the one with "worth" or the one without "worth"?

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Worth of definition by Cambridge Dictionary:

A particular amount of money’s worth of something is the amount of money that it costs:

I need $20 worth of gasoline.

Both examples are correct. Although I hear "worth of" way more often than just "of" in the US, but that may vary depending on which state you live in. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it might be a little bit more "American-ish" to say worth of.

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  • And can it be used for "specific" things like a packet of chips. Like you want to buy as many chips(packed) as you can with that particular amount and not specifying the number of packets. Like: I want $20 worth of chips (i.e. I want as many chips packets as I can buy with $20) May 31, 2019 at 14:21
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The sentence without "worth" does not even make sense.

This is OK:

I want $20 worth of X.


You may say something similar without "worth":

I want $20 out of the available $100.

or:

I want $20 from the $100.

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