Interest in

How to use the expression "interest in" correctly

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The idiomatically correct preposition to use with interest and interested is in:

had an interest for aviation
had an interest in aviation

was interested in aviation

Other words that express a similar meaning may take different prepositions, however:

a passion for aviation
an obsession with aviation

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Common Errors in English Usage: Errors in diction and idiom commonly made by native speakers of English

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Common Grammar Errors: A list of common errors in grammar (topics like subject-verb agreement and parallelism) as distinct from usage

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