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  • carla 123
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    1 October, 2007 at 12:33
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    I need to correct this sentence: "I am interested to go to the museum." I corrected it as "I am interested in going to the museum." but am having difficulty finding a simple rule to explain why the first sentence is wrong.Please help .

    Sue Swift
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    1 October, 2007 at 16:11
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    Hi Carla,

    After the adjective interested you can’t use an infinitive, so "to +verb" is out – it just doesn’t occur in the language. Instead you use the preposition "in".

    Prepositions can be followed by noun phrases – eg I’m interested in vintage cars – or by the V+ing, which is a sort of nominalised verb (a verb turned into a noun – compare I like swimming/reading etc).

    Lots of adjectives are followed by prepositions and therefore either by nouns or the verb + ing. For example : He’s good at chess / playing chess; I’m proud of the result / winning the championship; I’m not used to small children / working at night.

    Notice that the word to can be either part of an infinitive (eg I don’t want to go ) or a preposition – as immediately above.

    Hope that helps


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