I wonder how an American pronounces…
interesting … interested
/ˈɪn-tri-stɪŋ/ … /ˈɪn-trɪ-stɪd/
Today, we’re going to answer a
question I’ve heard many times.
Why do I have so much trouble
with interesting and interested?
This is a really interesting book.
You don’t have any problem with the adjective
“interesting,” so there is no need to explain the pattern.
a person/thing + certain linking verbs + interesting
The book appears interesting.
It really is interesting.
It has become interesting.
It looks interesting
It seems interesting.
It sounds interesting.
The book got really interesting at the end.
appear … be … become … look … seem … sound … get
interested + in
When you see interested in, you also have no problem.
Friend A: Are you interested in going to the movies with me? There’s a really interesting movie playing.
Friend B: Okay, but I’m only interested in comedies. Other kinds of movies are not interesting to me.
Friend A: I’m not interested in seeing a comedy. I really like horror movies.
Friend B: Well then, I guess I’m not interested in going to the movies with you. Let me know when you want to see a comedy. Then I’ll be interested in going with you.
The preposition “in,“ however, still exists in the mind of
the speaker and listener, even if we don’t say it out loud.
Let’s look at another dialog.
Friend A: I’m going to the movies on Saturday. Do you want to come with me?
Friend B: No, I’m not interested. You only go to horror movies and I don’t like them.
Friend B is actually saying:
No, I’m not interested. (in going to movies with you on Saturday). The speaker doesn’t need to repeat the entire sentence because the listener understands the meaning completely.
Maybe he’s not interested in seeing you again.
But in this example, we need to guess the meaning.
7 signs she’s not interested.
…in dating you.
…in seeing you again.
…in going out with you again.
Manager: I’m looking for someone to lead the new project.
Who’s interested? (in leading the project)
Employee: I am. (interested in leading the project)
The meaning depends on the situation.
To salesman: Sorry, I’m not interested. (in buying a vacuum cleaner)
To old boyfriend: Sorry, I’m not interested. (in going out with you again)
Eva: Interested in going with me on Saturday to see the Oculus?
Ana: Sure, I’m interested. Besides, there are
a lot of other things to see in that area.