-ED -ING Adjectives.pdf
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Adjectives that end ‘-ed’ (e.g. ‘bored’, ‘interested’) and adjectives that end ‘-ing’ (e.g. ‘boring’, ‘interesting’) are often confused.


-ed adjectives

Adjectives that end ‘-ed’ describe emotions – they tell us how people feel about something.


- I was very bored in the maths lesson. I almost fell asleep.

- He was surprised to see Helen. She’d told him she was going to Australia

- Feeling tired and depressed, he went to bed


-ing adjectives

Adjectives that end ‘-ing’ describe the thing that causes the emotion – a boring lesson makes you feel bored.


- Have you seen that film? It’s absolutely terrifying

- I could listen to him for hours. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met

- I can’t eat this! It’s disgusting! What is it?

Remember that people can be boring but only if they make other people feel bored.

- He talks about the weather for hours. He’s so boring

- NOT I was very boring at the party so I went home.


Here are some more adjectives that can have both an ‘-ed’ and an ‘-ing’ form


amused, amusing      
annoyed, annoying

confused, confusing


excited, exciting




shocked, shocking


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