Now that I've taken the HSK6 exam, I'm looking into writing a kind of "graduate thesis", so I'm going through the HSK words filling in gaps in my knowledge. Who knows, maybe one day I'll become a Chinese teacher. With this in mind...

CC-CEDICT: 感兴趣 (gǎn​xìng​qù​) to be interested

This word is not in my dictionary, and I'm guessing that's because the dictionary considers it a collocation of two words:

CC-CEDICT: 感 (gǎn​) to feel / to move / to touch / to affect / feeling / emotion / (suffix) sense of ~
CC-CEDICT: 兴趣 (​xìng​qù​) interest (desire to know about sth) / interest (thing in which one is interested) / hobby / CL: 個|个

Thus, I'm wondering if it's better to interpret 感兴趣 as two words, or if there is some concrete reason (that I'm missing) why 感兴趣 is better interpreted as one word.

Question: Is it pedagogically better to interpret 感兴趣 as two words: 感 ("feel") and 兴趣 ("interest")?

(Just in case someone needs the definition: pedagogical: of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education.)

  • This is a phrase made up by v (感, feel) + adj (兴趣, interested). A similar phrase is 有 (have, v) + 兴趣 (interest, noun).
    – r13
    Apr 10, 2022 at 15:52
  • Yes, I think this is how I understand this word.
    – Youran
    Apr 10, 2022 at 17:10
  • can't answer your question, but recall some memory when I was young. As a native speaker, I didn't learn a definition of "word" when I was in school. My concept was wrong: word=字, phrase=詞=兩字或以上. I had little concept about "word" and all my concept was about "character". It was until I've graduated from school when I realized "oh! I was wrong, should be 字=character, 詞=word"
    – HYC
    Apr 15, 2022 at 2:49

2 Answers 2


感兴趣 (feel interested) is functionally a compound word for "be interested in"


对钓鱼[感兴趣]的人通常也爱远足 - People who are [interested in] fishing usually also enjoy hiking

我对钓鱼不[感兴趣] - I am not [interested in] fishing

爱 (love) > 喜欢 (like) > 感兴趣 (be interested in)> 不介意 (don't mind)

I say it is functionally a compound word and not a two words phrase because the verb 感(feel) is usually followed by an adjective

[倍感][孤单] 、 [深感][厭惡] 、 [大感][兴奋]、 [微感][寒冷]

But 兴趣 is a noun. It is very common to see compound verbs made up of [v + n]

[驾车] is made up of [驾] + [车]

[唱歌]is made up of [唱] +[歌]

[感兴趣] is made up of [感] + [兴趣]


兴趣 is a noun.

Seems to be saying:

a verb plus an object noun is a noun.

If that is true,

感兴趣 is a noun

If that is not true, 兴趣 is not a noun.

Can you clarify? When is a noun not a noun?


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