Are you bored or boring?
Today I'm going to look at a problem that affects lots of learners; the two endings -ing and -ed. Are you bored or boring? Exciting or excited? Read on and find out. And we'll be looking at some wierd, wonderful and extreme weddings.
A zombie wedding. Have you ever been to a wedding like this?
Well done Namdrol for making sentences out of the new vocab on the panto page. I'm going to look at one of your sentences.
When I try to dig something out to the child he feels exiting.
This is a really good effort, but there are two mistakes. Well done for using the phrase to dig something out (to find something that you haven't seen for a while). However, with this phrase we use 'for' not 'to'. So the phrase should read:
When I try to dig something out for the child....
Look at these examples:
I dug some old photos out for my friend.
I need to dig out her phone number for you.
Can you dig something out for me?
The second mistake is a very common one. Lots of people mix up adjectives that end in -ing and adjectives that end in -ed.
The sentence sould read:
When I try to dig something out for the child he feels excited (not exciting).
So what's the difference? Well, we use adjectives that end with -ed to talk about our own feelings, or how a situation makes us feel. We use adjectives that end with -ing to talk about a person, a thing or a situation that causes those feelings. So here, the child is excited, not exciting. The situation is exciting.
Skiing; an exciting sport
Look at these sentences:
- My girlfriend has a very annoying habit. She's always late! I get really annoyed with her.
- This book is so interesting. I'm really interested to find out how it ends.
- Lots of students are confused by English grammar. It really is so confusing!
- The trip was boring. I had no-one to talk to so I was really bored.
Complete the sentences using the correct form; either -ing or -ed.
1. My teacher is very _______. The lessons are very _______. The subject is very_______. I'm _______! (bored/boring)
2. When we went on holiday we went skiing and snowboarding. It was so _________! (excited/exciting)
3. Are you ___________ in going to the cinema sometime? (interested/interesting)
4. I can't do my accounts. The numbers are too _________. (confused/confusing) Bored teenagers...
The theme of this month is weddings. As part of its preparations for the royal wedding on the 29th April, the BBC is looking at unusual, or 'extreme' weddings. People all over the world have been sending in photos of getting married in extraordinary situations. My favourite is the couple who got married under water on a scuba diving holiday. Other incredible ones are skiing weddings, an ice hockey wedding and even a zombie wedding (see the picture above). We'd love to hear from you about your wedding; it doesn't have to be extreme! Send us your photos to email@example.com and we'll try to put some of them up on the blog.
Check out the BBC website for some photos of extreme weddings.