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    fun or interesting

    Is there any difference between fun and interesting? Visiting Ocean Park is fun = Visiting Ocean Park is interesting (?) This book is fun = This book is interesting(?) A native speaker told me that there is a difference in meaning but I can't spot any big difference in meaning.

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    Re: fun or interesting

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelfung View Post
    Is there any difference between fun and interesting? Visiting Ocean Park is fun = Visiting Ocean Park is interesting (?) This book is fun = This book is interesting(?) A native speaker told me that there is a difference in meaning but I can't spot any big difference in meaning.
    to have fun = to have a great time, to enjoy oneself

    "Ocean Park" provides amusement and enjoyment.- is fun

    Ocean Park is interesting = Ocean Park holds the attention of visitors


    Something that is interesting occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle. Something that is pleasing engages the mind favorably: a pleasing account of the wedding. Something that is gratifying fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail.

    source:interesting - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: fun or interesting

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelfung View Post
    Is there any difference between fun and interesting? Visiting Ocean Park is fun = Visiting Ocean Park is interesting (?) This book is fun = This book is interesting(?) A native speaker told me that there is a difference in meaning but I can't spot any big difference in meaning.
    Both experiences can occur at the same time. But......

    To a scientist reading journal publication associated with his research is interesting to him....is he having "fun"??? I don't think so.

    I am interested in learning about language. Do I squeal with joy when I learn something new? No....I don't think so.

    When you are interested in something, you want to explore it further. It can be a fun pastime but not necessarily so.

    When you have fun it is more of an emotion for a short duration.

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