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Sentence Patterns using "They are interested in..."

We can use this sentence pattern to talk about our hobbies, passions, and interests.

Subject + be verb + interested in + noun...
  • I am interested in baseball.
  • She is interested in fashion.
  • They are interested in music.
  • We are interested in cars.
  • Dan is interested in spiders.
  • Tina is interested in plants and animals.
  • The children are only interested in soccer.
We can also use a gerund with this sentence pattern.

Subject + be verb + interested in + gerund...
  • I am interested in starting my own business.
  • She is interested in coming on the trip with us.
  • We are interested in volunteering with your organization.
  • Jason is interested in joining our company.
  • They are interested in dancing and singing.
  • Nobody is interested in joining that club.
  • Everybody is interested in making more money.
It is also possible to use a noun clause with this sentence pattern.

Subject + be verb + interested in + noun clause
  • I am interested in how to fix cars.
  • She is interested in what we can do to save the environment.
  • They are interested in what you are doing.
We can talk about the past or future by changing the "be verb".
  • She was interested in fashion when she was young, but now she is not.
  • They were interested in cars before, but now they are interested in robots.
  • I was interested in basketball when I was in university, but now I am only interested in making money.
  • I think that she will be interested in this news.
  • I will be interested in how you solve this problem.
Bonus Tips and Points

1. We can use "interested in" to show that we like a person romantically.
  • Jason is interested in Kathy. Do you think they would make a good couple?
  • I am interested in Sally. Should I ask her out?
  • I think that woman over there is interested in you. She keeps looking at you.
2. Remember that "interested in" does not always mean that we like something.
  • I am interested in nuclear bombs.
    (Obviously, I do not like nuclear weapons. I am just curious about them. I want to know more about them.)

  • I am interested in why people lie.
    (I do not like lying or when people lie to me. I am just interested in this topic.)
However, sometimes "interested in" can have the same meaning as "like".
  • I am interested in baseball.
    (=I like baseball.)
Real-World English Conversations

A) What are you interested in these days?
B) I am really interested in boxing.
A) Do you mean watching boxing or actually boxing?
B) Both. I take a class every Monday and Wednesday. Also, I watch boxing matches on TV.

A) Are you interested in politics?
B) To be honest, I am not interested in politics at all.

A) Is he interested in joining our club?
B) I'm not sure. I will ask him if he is interested in joining the next time that I see him.

A) Are you interested in going golfing this weekend?
B) Yes. That sounds fun.

A) What were you interested in as a kid?
B) My sister and I were both interested in dancing. We danced all day every day.

A) Are you interested in sports?
B) I'm a little interested in sports, but I am not a crazy fan.

Use these free English lessons to learn the most common sentence patterns in the English language. If you learn these sentences and questions, it will help you speak English well. Study the lessons thoroughly, practice making your own sentences, and come back to review often. If you do these three steps, your English speaking will improve quickly and you will be able to have natural English conversations.

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