Are you bored or boring?

Do you remember the differences between -ed and -ing adjectives?

In short:

-ed adjectives are used to describe feelings

eg I am confused or I feel confused.

-ing adjectives are used to describe the cause of the "-ed feeling"

eg This exercise is really confusing. (I am confused because of it)

Choose from the following verbs to create an -ed or -ing adjective and put it into the appropriate sentence.

frighten bore interest exhaust tire amaze shock move disgust disappoint embarrass
  1. I have had a really ___________ day; I'm going to have an early night.
  2. She was so _________ by the film that she burst into tears.
  3. I have never felt so ___________; I went bright red.
  4. I won't be going back to that restaurant; the meal was ___________ .
  5. I couldn't help yawning because his speech was so __________ .
  6. Barcelona's performance this year has been quite _________ given that they are only third in the league and haven't won any cups.
  7. You are really __________, I can't take you anywhere with me.
  8. Fred was ___________ to discover that his wife was having an affair.
Remember to be careful with negative meaning adjectives such as bored and boring.
One things is to say: I am bored. It is quite another to say: I am boring
If you look under the Grammar section in the left-hand column, you will find plenty more practice of -ed and -ing adjectives.

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Graham said…
All your answers are fine Alfredo, except for number 7.

If someone is amazing, then you think they are great. So you wouldnt have a problem being seen in their company.
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Anonymous said…
1 - TIRED
2 - MOVED
3 - EMBARRASSED
4 - DISGUSTING
5 - BORING
6 - SISAPPOINTING
7 - FRIGHTENED
8 - SCHOKED

Antonio.
Graham said…
Hi Antonio,

The first sentence is true for me -

1. I've had a really tiring day. (that's why I feel tired)

7. You are really embarrassing (you make me feel embarrassed)

Just remember that "ing" adjectives can describe people too.

Well done!
Hi! It's Ana

1. exhausting
2. moved
3. embarrased
4. disgusting
5. boring
6. disappointing
7. frightening
8. shocked
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham!! I`m trying to understand how your blog work for can use it and improve y english, but i think that you`ll have to explain me in class.

By!! see you tomorrow
Antonio
Graham said…
Hi Ana,

"Embarrassed" is a difficult word to spell.

The only other problem is number 7. I'd suggest that you can take me anyhwere because I embarrass you, ie I am embarrassing.


Well done!



Graham said…
Hi Antonio,

There are lots of things in the blog that are related to what we do in class. You just have to know where to look - I'll send you links via WhatsApp.

In a post like this one, I'd copy and paste the exercise into the comment box and then make any required changes.



I'm trying to understand how your blog works so that I can use it to improve my English but I think you'll have to explain how in class.