Posted by Grant Richardson, 29th October, 2015
Use ‘ing’-adjectives (e.g. interestING) to describe THINGS
Use ‘ed’-adjectives (e.g. interestED) to describe EMOTIONS
A: You looked excited to be buying the movie tickets. Do you think the movie is exciting?
B: No, I expected it to boring. And yes, I’m bored with it now. But it’s ok. I’m happy to be spending time with you and my little boy.
A: Your little boy doesn’t look very interested in it. I suppose it’s not that interesting for kids either.
B: Yes, I’m surprised by that — I guess he’ll fall sleep soon. I’m also guessing the movie ending won’t be surprising either.
Try not to tell anyone that you are boring. Everyone has something interesting to offer👏😁
A similar pairing of adjectives is: full (for your feeling) vs filling (for food)
I think I’m too full for dessert. My meal was very filling.
Remember to use the correct adjective + preposition collocations (i.e. correct word combinations)