Adjectives with -ed/-ing

What’s the difference between excited and exciting? Interested and interesting?

In English, adjectives with -ed describe your feelings and adjectives with -ing describe the thing that causes your feeling.

For example:

I was so excited when I was watching the movie! – Use “excited” because it is your feeling.

The movie was so exciting! – Use “exciting” because the movie causes your feeling.

Exercises:

Check your answers at the bottom of the page.

  1. Relaxing or relaxed?Slide7
  2. Exhausting or exhausted?Slide5
  3. Frightening or frightened?Slide3
  4. Exciting or excited?Slide4
  5.  Boring or bored?Slide2

Answers:

  1. Relaxed
  2. Exhausted
  3. Frightening
  4. Exciting
  5. Bored

 

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