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Here are some of the most common errors using adjectives ending in -ing and -ed.The correct form is given first:


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Correct FormsCommon Errors
There are few people, there's no food and the music is lousy. This party is very boring. This party is no fun at all. It's very bored.
When the adjective ends in -ing, it means that the person or thing causes this particular effect.
  • Rules frustrate me. Rules are frustrating.
  • Snakes terrify me. They are such terrifying creatures.
  • Nobody is having fun at this party. Everyone is bored. Nobody is having fun at this party. Everyone is boring.
    When the adjective ends in -ed, it means that the person or thing experiences this particular effect.
  • Rules frustrate me. I am frustrated when I have to learn them.
  • Snakes terrify me. I'm always terrified when I see one.
  • Preposition Alert
    Surely everybody is interested in computers? Everybody is interested by computers?
      Alert: There are no clear rules regarding what prepositions follow the adjectives ending in -ed. Learn by using them. Look at the following examples:
      • I am not satisfied with my grades. I must study more.
      • I am bored with this quiz. I want to switch off the computer.
      • I am irritated by his strange habits.

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