常見錯誤 Common mistake: I’m boring

常見錯誤 Common mistake: I’m boring

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.

Language focus: adjective-preposition collocations

Remember to use the correct adjective + preposition collocations (i.e. correct word combinations)

  1. excited to verb  E.g. I’m excited to see you.
  2. bored with + noun  E.g. I’m bored with this lesson.
  3. interested in + noun / interested to + verb  E.g. I’m very interested in this topic. / I’m interested to know to more about it.
  4. surprised by + noun   E.g. I’m not surprised by that.

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