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    My brother is hooked on politics.

    My brother is hooked on politics / soccer.
    My brother is into politics / soccer.
    My brother goes in for politics / soccer.

    Do any of these 6 sentences sound strange? What's the difference between "to be hooked on something", "to be into something" and "to go in for something"?

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    Re: My brother is hooked on politics.

    'Hooked' implies a deeper sense of commitment or desire than 'into', to the point you're unable to stop. That's why we say 'hooked on drugs' - you can't voluntarily stop, although in this context it's not so quit so literal. 'Into' could just be a mild interest.


    I find the 'goes in for' construction unnatural in this context. I've only heard it used in the context of 'move towards'. Maybe it's a regional difference.
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    Re: My brother is hooked on politics.

    We do use "go in for" in BrE but it doesn't quite work in your sentence. It means something closer to "participate in" or "enjoy".

    - Are you taking part in the political demonstration on Saturday?
    - No. I don't go in for things like that.
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