|9-I) -ED vs -ING adjectives (LOIEnglish)|
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This funny cartoon will help you understand a difference that is very confusing for students of many languages. Are you bored or are you boring?
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In English, some adjectives (especially adjectives describing feelings) can have two forms, one form with an active meaning and one form with a passive meaning:
Active form (it produces...) -ING: a boring film (if you see the film, you will feel bored)
Passive form (I feel...) -ED: a bored person (a person who feels bored)
- I am boring = people feel bored when they are with me.
- I am bored = I feel bored because I'm doing nothing.
- An interesting book = if you read this book, you will enjoy it.
- She is interested in this book = She likes the book very much.
- I am tired because I have worked for 10 hours, I need some sleep
- This job is very tiring because you can never sit down