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    in the interest

    Hello,

    I have a question about the use of the phrase "in the interest..."
    So far I've thought it is correctly used only in the form "in the interest of getting the money" (for example). Now I wonder if the variants

    "in the interest to get the money" and

    "in the interest that I get the money"

    are also correct.

    Thanks for your answer

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    Re: in the interest

    Welcome to the forum, bobobor.
    Neither of your variants sounds natural. It will be easier to give a clear answer if you construct a sentence in which you think they might be possible.

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    Re: in the interest

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Welcome to the forum, bobobor.
    Neither of your variants sounds natural. It will be easier to give a clear answer if you construct a sentence in which you think they might be possible.
    Thank you for your answer. What I have in mind is this. I've just found this sentence on a British website:

    Our herd was destroyed in the interest of getting Britain free of the disease.

    Now I wonder if the following two sentences are grammatical too - not merely if they sound natural in English, but grammatical in the sense of being acceptable by native speakers, if only marginally so. Would any native speakers be willing to use them in writing or conversation?

    Our herd was destroyed in the interest to get Britain free of the disease.

    Our herd was destroyed in the interest that we can get Britain free of the disease.

    Many thanks for your answer!

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    Re: in the interest

    No. 'In the interest[s] of' is followed by a noun or a gerund (a verbal noun).

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