Using the correct preposition after words changes the meaning more than you might realize. Let’s look at the difference between “interesting to me” and “interesting for me” and see which one makes more sense or which one is used when.
What Is The Difference Between “Interesting To Me” Or “Interesting For Me”?
Interesting to me should be used when saying that something is of interest to you, meaning that you are looking forward to learning more about it. Interesting for me should be used when saying that something would be of interest to you once you learn more.
8 Examples Of How To Use “Interesting To”
Let’s start with the first preposition example, which is “interesting to me.” We use this more often than any other form. However, it’s worth mentioning that many people would rather omit unnecessary words and just say “interesting” instead to indicate their interest.
Still, we thought it wise to show you some valid examples using “interesting to me.” This way, you can see how we would use it firsthand and maybe think about using it yourself.
- The point you raised is interesting to me.
- Schoolwork is interesting to me.
- Everything you talked about was very interesting to me.
- I hope that what I’ve got to say is interesting to you.
- You’re so interesting to me.
- This job is interesting to me; I’m always challenged.
- You know that math problems are interesting to me.
- I hadn’t heard that before. That’s very interesting to me.
We’re showing how each of the things mentioned in these examples is interesting for the person mentioned. That means they are keen about the topic or activity and happy that they take the time to learn all about it.
8 Examples Of How To Use “Interesting For”
Let’s see how “interesting for” is used differently. It’s not nearly as common an option, and that’s because it’s a little more specific than saying “interesting to me” is. We’ll show you some good examples still, so you can start using it yourself should the situation arise where you ever need to!
- Learning about the history of this country will be interesting for me.
- The teacher said that if I study hard, seeing my new grades will be interesting for him.
- You should teach me what you know, that would be interesting for me.
- Learning things I didn’t know about frogs was interesting for me.
- It’s always interesting for me to learn new things.
- It’s interesting for me to hear about these things. I suppose you didn’t expect me to listen.
- It would be interesting for you if you paid a little more attention.
- It should be interesting for you to know that we didn’t do it alone.
Most of the time, we use “interesting for me” to show that something would be interesting if we committed time to it. The other time we’d use it is in the case of saying “interesting for me to (verb).” Using a verb directly after “interesting for me” is the most acceptable way to use it.
Alternative Ways To Say That You Find Something Interesting
Rather than worrying about all these different forms, we thought it would be helpful to encourage you to learn a few synonyms. If you want to say that you find something interesting, you can instead use one of these words to keep your language skills sharp and impress your friends with your knowledge.
- I find it captivating.
Being captivated by something means it’s stolen your attention, and you’re happy to learn more about it.
- That’s engrossing
Engrossing means the same thing as captivating, where something is so worthy of your attention you can’t turn away from it.
- I’m so engaged
When you’re engaged with something, it means it has your absolute attention, just like being interested does.
Quiz: Have You Mastered The Interesting To Or For Grammar?
Let’s finish with a quiz to see what you’ve learned!
- It would be (A. interesting to me / B. interesting for me) to learn more about monkeys.
- It might be (A. interesting to me / B. interesting for me) to know more about me.
- English lessons are (A. interesting to me / B. interesting for me).
- Everything about you is (A. interesting to me / B. interesting for me).
- You are (A. interesting to me / B. interesting for me) with all your random facts!
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Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.