Foster the interest/interests of

Mahba

Member
Farsi
Hi everyone,

Should it be interest or interests in the following sentence?

They organized the Chemistry Club to foster the interest/interests of school-age children in chemistry.

Thanks
 
  • Mahba

    Member
    Farsi
    Chemistry is single, and interest in a single subject is uncountable, so use 'interest'.
    Here is another example that I have "These educational opportunities foster the interest/interests of high school students in research careers".
     

    Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    The fact that chemistry is singular is irrelevant: it needs to be interest no matter what it’s an interest in.
     

    Mahba

    Member
    Farsi
    It needs to be interest. Note that “to foster an interest” is rarely used in everyday English.
    What's the best way to paraphrase this then? Can I say something like promoted/cultivated the interest of ...

    I have another example which I posted in the previous comment.
     
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