When you like something or someone, or when there’s an intellectual attraction, you can use the word "interest":
When I pronounce the word "interest," it has two syllables. Most Americans pronounce it this way. You can pronounce it with two or three syllables.
These sentences show how "interest" can be used as a verb. The first sentence shows "interest" in the active voice. The second sentence shows "interest" in the passive voice:
The sentences above can be changed so that "interest" becomes an adjective.
The adjective form can use an "ed" or "ing" ending:
The next set of sentences provides examples of "interest" as a noun:
Note: Be careful not to confuse the words "interested" and "interesting." This is a very common mistake that many of my students make. If you need more help, take a look at this video.
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This page was first published on January 21, 2012.