Submitted by Dyske on February 18, 2003
What is the difference between:
“It has a value.”
“It has value.”
February 20, 2003, 2:04am
"A value" is a quantity. Such as: "X has a value of 29." Whereas, value itself could be quantifiable or instrinsic, for example "My life has value to me." Value could refer to its monetary worth, or its personal worth. Value itself may or may not be arbitrary.
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March 17, 2003, 9:14pm
Purple Dragon's right. Anything can have value, or have some value; but when it has a value, it's a quantitative measure, and math probably comes into it.
March 18, 2003, 11:42am
I'll go with the simple objective vs. subjective angle.
March 18, 2003, 1:20pm
'a value' can also leave the door open for a negative total assesment. 'Some value' often works better for this, as in "Bob's a jerk, but he has some value, if only as a bad example!". Speakers might use 'a value' as shorthand, meaning a single positive property was all that existed in a sea of negative value prperties.
March 18, 2003, 1:34pm
"A value" indicates a specific assignment of value.
Without the article "a" it simply means the speaker or writer see value in "it", making it not worthless. No indication of specific worth is implied.
March 18, 2003, 5:06pm
"a value" is defined and tangible"value" is abstract
March 19, 2003, 6:07pm
To me, "a value" is an extrinsic quality and precise. Value, on the other hand, is intrinsic and vague.
March 23, 2003, 1:35pm
The difference is instantiation.
April 10, 2003, 3:13pm
Simply put, "It has value" is qualitative, as in "valuable".
"It has a value" is NOT quantitative, it's simpler than that: "It has a value" can only be interpreted as "It has a number [associated with it]".
April 10, 2003, 7:18pm
Context is absent, but I'd say, "It has value" means "It is valuable." Meaning: substantial value.
"It has a value" means "It is not worthless." Meaning: minimal value.
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