Bored or Boring?

Time for some more grammar. This time, we’re looking at adjectives. Adjectives describe nouns.

Many adjectives end in “ed” and “ing” – like bored and boring, excited and exciting, interesting and interested. But it’s sometimes confusing which form you should use.

Basically, you use adjectives ending in “ed” when describing how someone feels. So you should usually say “I’m bored” instead of “I’m boring,” “I’m confused” rather than “I’m confusing,” and “I’m tired,” not “I’m tiring.”

You use adjectives ending in “ing” when you describe something that causes the feeling. For example, “The movie was boring,” or “English is interesting,” or “The book was very exciting.”

Here’s a video which explains it further. After you watch the video, take the quiz to test your knowledge.

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8 thoughts on “Bored or Boring?

  1. Angela Liu says:

    I think the number 4 question in the quiz can not match with the answers

    • Jon says:

      Hi Angela –

      About question number 4: If something makes you feel tired, it is tiring. So if your job is very difficult and you feel tired after work, then it is tiring.

  2. Se Bai Ling says:

    I just take the quiz 10 questions, I corrected 100%. I can understand how to use “ed” or “ing” in the end of adjective clauses. You use adjective ending in “ed” when describing how someone feels. You use adjective ending in “ing” when you describe something that causes the feeling.
    Thank you English Grammar teacher Mr. Micheal.

  3. Se Bai Ling says:

    When we describing how someone feels, we can use adjective ending in “ed”; When we describe something that causes the feeling, we can use adjective ending in “ing”.
    “ed”=Describing someone feels;
    “ing”=Describe something feeling.

  4. Mansha says:

    I got it !! Thank you.

  5. pan ying says:

    Good.Thank you.

  6. Lisa says:

    I got it too. Thank you for English grammar teacher Michael.

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