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My son had this question in a class test.
Put in a, an, the or nothing in the blank space:
We're not interested in ........ sport.
Considering that 'any' was not one of the choices offered, he put in 'a' but the teacher said there should be nothing.
According to me it should be 'We're not interested in sports.' or 'We're not interested in any sport.'
What do you think?
your reply made me take a closer look at the dictionary and maybe you should say 'We're not interested in sport.' after all.
But please consider the following situation:
[while watching TV]
A: It's about to start! Come on guys, get the food ready at last!
B: Mike, what are you so eager to watch?
A: Football match, of course!
B: Oh, I'm afraid I'm not interested in a sport (= a particular form of sport) of that sort, football to be precise...
Yes, I think actually both answers were acceptable.
The difference between the two largely lies in the meaning:
sport [uncount noun] = sports in general
a sport [countable noun] = a particular form of sports activity
No, I was referring to the question in my son's test.
We're not interested in _ sports. [American English]
We're not interested in a sport.
We're not interested in the sport/s. (depending on the meaning; as far as the test in question is concerned, it's )
We're not interested in any sport/sports. or, in our case , since the meaning of the sentence is not the same as in We're not interested in sport/sports.