Doesn’t vs. is not

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WRONG: American Football is not interesting for me.
RIGHT: American Football doesn’t interest me.

This week’s mistake is not a big one and the error is perfectly understandable to native speakers, but if you want to get your English really perfect, then it’s one to make a note of.

It’s just a difference in construction. When English people talk about things they are not particularly a fan of, they usually use the phrase doesn’t. They say, „It doesn’t interest me“, „It doesn’t excite me“, or „It doesn’t do anything for me.“

We do not say something is not interesting/exciting for us.  So, here’s the correct response to a typical question below.

A: Do you want to watch the American Football game?

B: No thanks, American Football doesn’t interest me at all.