1. I was interested to read in the paper that scientists have found out how to talk to whales.
    2. I’m interested to see that Alice and Jake are going out together.
    3. I shall be interested to see how long it lasts.

    In which of the sentence(s) above interested + an -ing form (i.e. interested in reading, interested in seeing) can be used with no change of meaning?


They cannot use the -ing form in these contexts.

The gerund is usually used to make a general reference.

I hope the following examples will make it clear.

I do not like smoking. (general tendency)
I do not like to smoke now. (a particular occasion/disinclination)

Hi, Anglophile:

Thank you for information! And what do you think about the fllowing sentences?

(1) I’m interested to find out what she did with all that money.
(2) Aren’t you interested to know whether she’s pregnant?

 Can [i]'in finding out'/in knowing[/i] be used respectively instead?


I would use ‘in finding out’ for preference in (1) and ‘in knowing’ in (2).

They are correct as they are. I don’t think you can make them gerundial as they are specific. But, with some changes (as shown below) it may be possible:

(1) I’m interested in finding out what people do with their money.
(2) Aren’t you interested in knowing how women become pregnant?

Those changes in bold are not necessary.

Yes, but to attract the reader’s attention.

They don’t ‘attract attention’. They change the meaning of the original sentences.

Thank you, Beeesneees.

Anglophile, and which would you choose (or are both possible) in this sentence below:

I’m interested to work/in working in Switzerland. Do you know anybody who could help me?

Is the case general or specific in your opinion?


I am not Anglophile, but I will offer my opinion anyway.
I would definitely not use ‘to work’. I would consider it incorrect.

Above all, thank you for the quick reply, Beeesneees!

Not in vain did I address Anglophile in thread # 9. I’d like to see whether the rules in thread #3 mentioned by him always help to choose to use this or that structure.


I would say it is general (a country), as you haven’t mentioned a place like Bern, Basel, Zurich, Geneva etc.

(Now, suppose you have three countries, say Switzerland, Singapore and India, to choose from, then you might be able to say ‘I’m interested to work in Switzerland’. Of course, I’m not very sure of it. So we may wait for other comments)

PS: ‘Bold’ is to invite your attention.

Doesn’t work for me.


  1. I am interested in learning to cook.
  2. I am interested to learn to cook.
  3. I am interested to learn cooking.
    Please correct the above.

1 is correct.
3 is awkward, but passable, though I would never choose to use it.

What about #2 sentence?

Hi, Allifathima

It isn’t obvious what she thinks from her response?

2 is definitely incorrect, but I think it would sound wise to ask the following question: :slight_smile:

 What about  

I’m interested in learning cooking.

I’m interested in learning cookery.