I wonder how an American pronounces…
interesting … interested
/ˈɪn-tri-stɪŋ/ … /ˈɪn-trɪ-stɪd/
Well, actually, it’s a bit more
complicated than just these 2 words.
There are 5 ways we use
these words in a sentence.
1. verb: to interest
2. adjective: interesting
(present participle of verb)
3. adjective: interested
(past participle of verb)
4. noun: interest
5. adverb: interestingly
What interests you?
My work really interests me.
It interested me that Morris West studied
religion in college, but ended up becoming a writer.
Religion interested him throughout his life.
verb + interesting
What is interesting to you?
This trip looks interesting, no?
It seems interesting.
Your plans sound interesting.
It’s becoming interesting.
It’s really getting interesting.
I find this whole thing interesting.
I’d be interested in hearing what you think.
You appear interested in our plans.
You look interested, no?
You seem interested in our plans.
You sounded interested the last time we talked.
When did you become interested?
When did you get interested?
It’s my job to keep you interested in our plan.
If you save money and put it into a
savings account, the bank pays you interest.
This phrase is a way of saying that you’re going
to make an interesting comment that is only
loosely related to what you have already said.
And now it’s your turn.
Which word fits in each blank?