I think "to have an interest" means "to have a claim or share in something". If aptitude or curiosity is meant, the verb should be "to be interested in".

But one of my friends said :

"I have an interest in music."

I think he should have said, "I am interested in music."

Am I right?

  • He can say either; the context should make clear which meaning is intended. If an intensifier is used before 'interest', e.g. 'I have a deep interest in poetry' then the aptitude/curiosity meaning is understood. – Michael Harvey May 14 at 6:06

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