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Language tip of the week: interest

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn 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 for oriental cultures and philosophies.
✓ There is a growing interest in oriental cultures and philosophies.

✗ Young people often take a great interest for what 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 playing in their own countries?
✓ What makes these footballers lose interest in playing in their own countries?

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