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G.23.3 - Ending

Adjectives -ed or -ing

Average: 2.3 (485 votes)

Quick review of adjectives ending -ing and -ed.

Compare these two sentences:

"English grammar is confusing."
"I was confused by what I read."

-ing for descriptions

We use -ing adjectives to describe things. "It is boring."

-ing/ed adjectives

Average: 3.2 (69 votes)

This grammar point is something that many students find confusing –
the difference between adjectives ending in –ed or –ing!

The main thing to remember is this:

adjectives with –ing are the cause of the feeling/situation and
adjectives with –ed are the feelings of the person/animal affected

-ing or -ed? Participles as Adjectives

Average: 3.9 (138 votes)

Time to brush up on (review) your understanding of participles as adjectives.

Some participles can be used as adjectives in either the present or past form.

Present Participle (-ing) is used to describe something or someone.
"I watched an interesting TV about American history last night."
"This film is boring. Let's stop watching it."

Adjective endings - Cape Town is excited...or exciting?

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The following diary entries of an EC teacher in Cape Town are filled with adjectives. Choose the correct adjective in each sentence.

-ed and -ing adjective endings

Average: 3 (36 votes)

"This movie is boring, I am bored of watching it."

'-ed' and '-ing' adjectives: describing feelings and things

Average: 2.6 (501 votes)


'My holiday was relaxing. I felt really relaxed.'