interested - interesting

interested - interesting
'interested'
If you want to know more about something or someone, you can say that you are interested in them.

I'm very interested in birds.

Ellen seemed genuinely interested in him and his work.

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Note that you do not use any preposition except `in' after interested.
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For information about other words which can be used to say that you want to know more about a person, see entry at ↑ curious.
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If you want to do something, you can say that you are interested in doing it.

I was interested in seeing different kinds of theatre.

I'm only interested in finding out what the facts are.

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You do not say that you are `interested to do' something.
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'interesting'
Do not confuse interested with interesting. You say that someone or something is interesting when they have qualities or features which make you want to know more about them.

I've met some very interesting people.

...some interesting old coins.

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You do not use interesting to describe things which result in your receiving a lot of money. For example, if you earn a large salary, you do not say that your job is `interesting'. You say that it is well-paid.

They go on to get university degrees and well-paid careers in business.

Sylvia found herself a series of quite well-paid secretarial jobs.

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