Ask the Editor
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:
The listeners were all very interested in the lecture. (interested describes the listeners)
There are three students who are interested in archaeology. (interested describes the students)
I'd be interested to learn more about his background. (interested describes the speaker, "I")
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 is one of the most interesting books I've read all year.
It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money.
This building has an interesting history.
This little rhyme might help you remember the difference between interested and interesting:
- "-ing" is for the thing. ("-ing" is short for "interesting")