‘ing’-adjectives (e.g. interestING) describe THINGS (or people)
‘ed’-adjectives (e.g. interestED) describe EMOTIONS
A: You looked excited buying the movie tickets. Do you think the movie was exciting?
B: Actually, no. I found it pretty boring. Well, at least I felt bored. But it’s ok. I’m happy to be spending time with you and my little boy.
A: I thought the villain was interesting. He certainly kept your little Tommy interested. It was definitely a kid’s movie though.
B: Yes, I’m not surprised, considering it’s a Disney animation. But I’ll admit I thought the ending was surprising.
Tip: try not to tell anyone that you are boring. Everyone has something interesting to offer! 🙂
More advanced language focus: adjective-preposition collocations
Be sure to use the correct adjective-preposition collocations (i.e. correct word combinations)
- excited to + verb E.g. I’m excited to see you.
- bored with + noun E.g. I’m bored with this lesson.
- interested in + noun / interested to + verb E.g. I’m very interested in this topic. / I’m interested to know to more about it.
- surprised by + noun E.g. I was surprised by that.