Tired or Tiring? ED and ING Adjectives – Participle Adjective Lesson

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Check out this conversation between two friends:

  • Bob: “Hey Tom, How’s it going?”
  • Tom: “Hi Bob. Pretty good. What’s new?”
  • Bob: “I went to Jack’s party last night.”
  • Tom: “Wow! How was the party?”
  • Bob: “Well, actually I was pretty boring.”
  • Tom: “Huh?”

Tom was surprised with Bob’s answer. Do you know why?

Words like bored, excited, interested, amazed, disappointed, etc. describe how a person feels about something. Adjectives ending in ED show a person’s feeling. People are ED!

  1. I was tired yesterday so I went to bed early.
  2. I’m interested in Jazz.
  3. Jack was excited when he won the lottery!

Words like boring, exciting, interesting, amazing, disappointing, etc. describe the reason a person has a certain feeling about something. Adjectives ending in ING show the reason for a person’s feeling. Usually things are ING!

  1. My job is tiring. I need a vacation.
  2. I think Jazz is very interesting.
  3. Winning the lottery is very exciting!

We can also use ING words to describe a person’s character or personality:

  • The CEO is an interesting ← His personality is interesting, so he is interesting.
  • My history teacher was boring. ← His personality is boring, so he is boring.

Here are some more examples using both types of adjectives

  • The party was boring, so I was bored.
  • The roller coaster is exciting, so I am excited.
  • This lesson is interesting, so I am very interested in it. (Interested + in + something)

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

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