AEE 185: Are You Interested or Interesting? Find Out the Difference in English!

Interested and interesting in EnglishAre you interested, or interesting?

What’s the difference between “interested” and “interesting” in English?

Today, in #10 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing when to use the -ed and -ing endings! 

To be interested is not the same as being interesting.  The same applies to other English phrases such as bored and boring, or excited and exciting.  Here is a general rule to help you remember the difference:

  • When talking about yourself or your feelings, use the –ed ending.  “I am interested in music.”
  • When talking about others or something outside yourself, use the –ing ending.  “That music is interesting.”

 

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Here are some more examples:

  • “She’s excited by travel.”
  • “Travel is exciting.”
  • “They’re bored by soccer.”
  • “Soccer is boring.”

 

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What do you find interesting, boring or amazing?

What isn’t interesting, boring or amazing?

Tell us in the comments section below!