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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
What is the difference between "interested" and "interesting"?
Monday April 28th 2014
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What is the difference between interested and interesting? — Njomza, Albania
Answer

Interested is an adjective that describes a person or people who like something and want to know more about it, as in these examples: 

Interesting is an adjective that describes the thing that a person or people are responding to. Things that we like and want to know more about are interesting, as in these examples: 

This little rhyme might help you remember the difference between interested and interesting:

  • "-ing" is for the thing. ("-ing" is short for "interesting")
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