Bored or Boring? Interested or Interesting?

 

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This is also a cause of confusion among many students of English as a Second Language. It’s easy to remember the rule.

If you are talking about how you feel, or about how someone feels, use the form with the-ed. If you are talking about the quality or characteristic of someone or something, use the form with the –ing.

 Examples:

My father is interested in golf. He thinks golf is interesting.

We left early because we were bored. The party was boring.

Jake is a very boring person. (He is not an interesting person.)

I am always bored when I talk to Jake. (I don’t feel any excitement at all whenever I talk to Jake.)

 

Here are some more examples, arranged alphabetically.

Amusing                     

Her joke was amusing.

Amused

I was amused at the little girl’s joke.

Annoying                   

This fly is really annoying. Please let it out.

Annoyed

I am annoyed at this fly.

Boring                        

Mathematics class is boring.

Bored

A lot of students are bored with Math.

Confusing                  

The teacher’s explanation about Calculus was confusing.

Confused

I am confused with numbers and figures.

Disappointing            

The sales figures were so disappointing.

Disappointed

The Marketing and Sales Department did not meet the target for the first quarter. The CEO was disappointed with the outcome of the campaign.

Disgusting                  

Many people think that cockroaches are disgusting. They don’t know that cockroaches are always cleaning themselves.

Disgusted

I’m not disgusted with cockroaches. In fact, I catch them and play with them.

Exciting                      

League of Legends is an exciting game.

Excited

I am always excited whenever I play League of Legends.

Exhausting                 

Jogging is an exhausting activity.

Exhausted

I am so exhausted today and I don’t know why. Please leave me alone.

Interesting                 

Learning a new language is interesting. 

Interested

I am interested in learning Spanish.

Surprising                    

The shorter and lighter MMA fighter defeated his much bigger opponent. That was so surprising.

Surprised

Everybody was surprised when the performer suddenly smashed his microphone.

 

 Japanese Translation By: Google Translate

これは、第二言語としての英語の多くの学生の間で混乱の原因でもあります。ルールを覚えるのは簡単です。

あなたがどのように感じているか、または誰かがどのように感じているかについて話している場合は、-ed付きのフォームを使用してください。誰かまたは何かの品質または特性について話している場合は、–ingを付けたフォームを使用してください。

例:

My father is interested in golf. He thinks golf is interesting.

We left early because we were bored. The party was boring.

Jake is a very boring person. (彼は面白い人ではありません。)

I am always bored when I talk to Jake. (ジェイクと話すときは、まったく興奮を感じません。)

 

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