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

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")