Read and listen to these adjectives and do the exercise

Say how he feels. EX. He is bored

reference: English for Life Pre-Intermediate Oxford

Adjectives ending in ‘-ed’ and ‘-ing’

Do you know the difference between bored and boring?

Adjectives that end in -ed boredinterested and adjectives that end in -ing boringinteresting are often confused.

-ed adjectives

Adjectives that end in -ed generally describe emotions ➫ they tell us how people feel.

I was so bored in that lesson, I almost fell asleep.
➣ He was surprised to see Helen after all those years.
➣ She was really tired and went to bed early.

-ing adjectives

Adjectives that end in -ing generally describe the thing that causes the emotion ➫ a boring lesson makes you feel bored.

Have you seen that film? It’s really frightening.
➣ I could listen to her for hours. She’s so interesting.
➣ I can’t sleep! That noise is really annoying!

➬ Here are some adjectives that can have both an -ed and an -ing form.


Choose the -ED or -ING adjective

1)  My son was (amused / amusing) by the joke.
2)  It’s so (frustrated / frustrating) when you fail the test!
3)  Mathematics is extremely (bored / boring), I prefer Arts.
4)  I am utterly (depressed / depressing), so I am going to bed and read Eva Luna.
5)  Your idea was absolutely (fascinated / fascinating).
6)  This map is so (confused / confusing). I can’t read it.
7)  The lecture was quite (amused / amusing).
8)  They are (exhausted / exhausting). They never stop showing off and bragging.
9)  The plane started shaking in a rather (alarmed / alarming) way.
10)  She was (frightened / frightening) when she saw that man.
11)  I was really (embarrassed / embarrassing) when I could not remember her name.
12)  That movie was entirely (depressed / depressing), no happy ending whatsoever.
13)  I can’t go out tonight. I’m (exhausted / exhausting).
14)  We are going abroad. How (excited / exciting)!
15)  It’s (embarrassed / embarrassing) when people take selfies.
16) He is (bored / boring). Whenever I see him I begin to yawn. 
17) My sister is so (excited / exciting) because she is starting a new job.
18)  I hate long films. I’m always (bored / boring).
19)  She seemed (confused / confusing) when I told her the truth.
20)  He was (fascinated / fascinating) with the country. He decided to learn the language and now he speaks it fluently.


1)  amused
2)  frustrating
3)  boring
4) depressed
5)  fascinating
6)  confusing
7)  amusing
8)  exhausting
9)   alarming
10) frightened
11) embarrassed
12) depressing
13)  exhausted
14)  exciting
15)  embarrassing
16)  boring
17)  excited
18)  bored
19)  confused
20)  fascinated


1) interesting
2)  bored
3)  tired
4) annoying
5)  frightening
6)  embarrasing
7)  excited
8)  confusing

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