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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!
- I was tired yesterday so I went to bed early.
- I’m interested in Jazz.
- 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!
- My job is tiring. I need a vacation.
- I think Jazz is very interesting.
- 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)
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