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The Difference between 'Interested' and 'Interesting'
Friday September 29th 2017
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When should I use interested and when should I use interesting? — Veera, India
Answer

Interested means "wanting to learn more about something." Interested is used to describe a person who wants to learn more about something or to become involved in something or has the desire to do or have something. Below are some examples of how interested is used.

  • The boy is interested in [=wants to learn about] astronomy.
  • The couple was interested in seeing the new movie.
  • If you are interested in the job [=if you want to have/get the job], you should apply.
  • Are you interested in grabbing a cup of coffee later?
  • She wasn't interested in hearing excuses from her kids.
  • Any interested students should sign up to volunteer.

 

Interesting means "attracting your attention." Interesting is used to describe something or someone that attracts your attention, or something or someone that is not boring or dull. Below are some examples of how interesting is used.

  • The boy thinks astronomy is very interesting [=he is interested in astronomy].
  • The movie was very interesting.
  • She has an interesting accent.
  • The kids learned several interesting facts about frogs.
  • He is a very interesting person and has done many things in life.
  • I heard an interesting story about how the lamp broke.

 

Remember that interested describes a person who has a feeling of wanting to learn more about something, and interesting describes the thing that makes someone feel that way. You feel interested in something because that thing is interesting.

 

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