"いろいろなことに興味がある” what does に imply here?

uh oh… here comes Jira with another question. :sob:

I’m playing catch up with the Genki 2 study group and I’m trying to do one of the sheets in the workbook that wants you to fill in potential verbs.

I didn’t have a problem answering the question because of the addition of がある , but I was curious what に is supposed to imply here. Because usually に indicates location, but I don’t see how it does that in this case.

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I would still say it’s performing the same essential function as in something with a more concrete location.

興味がある I have an interest
いろいろなことに in various things

It still kind of maps to the way we say it in English.

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okayyyy I see now, so the sentence in full is “Because I have interest in various things, I can’t decide a major” thanks!

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Leebo has already answered your question, but I’d like to add a little.

Particles like に are grammatical markers, so they don’t do things like “indicate a location” they mark parts of a sentence as having a particular property or function.

I don’t say this to be pedantic; if you think in terms of concrete actions for them, you end up with an ever expanding list of what they might mean. I think Tai Kim’s guide has about 23 entries for the で particle…

Anyway, there are various ways of describing に but I usually go with ‘target’, as in, it indicates the target of the verb.

The ある of 興味 targets いるいるなこと.

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I like the way you put this, I’ll start taking this approach more often when looking at sentences like this from now on.