In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week’s language tip helps with the patterns that can follow the noun interest:
When the noun interest means ‘a feeling of wanting to know more about something’, it is followed by the preposition in, not for:
✗ There is a growing
interest fororiental cultures and philosophies.
✓ There is a growing interest in oriental cultures and philosophies.
✗ Young people often take a great
interest forwhat is happening outside their own country.
✓ Young people often take a great interest in what is happening outside their own country.
You can also use the pattern interest in doing something:
✗ What makes these footballers lose
interest for playingin their own countries?
✓ What makes these footballers lose interest in playing in their own countries?
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