Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing exercises

Practise the difference between pairs of adjectives with -ing and -ed endings formed from the same verb.

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Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing are easily confused and misused. Examples of such pairs are interesting — interested, boring — bored, frightened — frightening. Remember: when we mean the emotions that the speaker experiences, we use the adjective with the ending -ed. For example, the children are bored, I am not interested. If we mean the emotion that the situation or the object causes, then the adjective with -ing is used. The film is boring, the exhibition is interesting. Complete a series of our special exercises to practise the topic.