be interested in, have interest in

xiaokaoy

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These sentences are from a dictionary:
I've always been interested in music.
I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

Can I also say
I've always had interest in music.
I'm not interested in continuing this conversation.
?
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Note that these are different expressions which can mean slightly different things:
    to be interested in something : to be attracted towards something
    to have an interest in something : to benefit from something

    So whereas "I've always had an interest in music" would be interpreted as "I have always been interested in music", the other example changes meaning slightly.
    I have no interest in continuing this conversation : it is not to my benefit to continue the conversation, although I may in fact wish to do so
    I'm not interested in continuing this conversation : I do not wish to continue
     
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