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Session 58

Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!

Activity 1

Bored vs Boring

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sam's here to explain the difference between bored and boring! It won't bore you! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Hi I'm Sam from BBC Learning English and this is me in class. How am I feeling - bored or boring?

I was feeling bored because the lesson was boring. So the lesson was the reason I felt bored.

So –ed endings describe the feeling and –ing endings describe the reason you have that feeling.

And this works for other adjectives too. So if the lesson is interesting, I feel interested. If something is tiring, I'm tired. If something is relaxing, I'm relaxed. If something is surprising, I'm surprised. If something is exciting, I'm excited.

So, tell us how these videos make you feel.


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Bored vs boring

English has many adjectives that end in -ed or -ing, but there is a difference in meaning.

-ed adjectives describe how a person is feeling

  • I was bored because the lesson was boring.
  • This music is relaxing. I feel very relaxed.
  • I am so excited to be going to the party!

adjectives describe the thing that makes a person feel something

  • I was bored because the lesson was boring.
  • This music is relaxing. I feel very relaxed.
  • This party is so exciting! I'm glad I came!


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