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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114021: Adjectives in -ed or in -ing
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    Adjectives in -ed or in -ing


    There is a frequent mistake which may have amusing consequences: it's the confusion between the two forms of adjectives ending with –ed  or with –ing.

    Making such a mistake, most of the time, you end up saying the exact opposite of what you were thinking... 

     

    1)   TO BE + verbal adjective + -ed = passive meaning: the action is endured and the sentence is in the passive form.

        - Jimmy looks bored. You should give him something to do.(= Jimmy is bored)

       - Paula was quite embarrassed when she realised the blunder she had made. (= Paula was embarrassed)

     

                                                

                   EMBARRASSED                                                           DONE                                                                         EXCITED

     2)   TO BE + verbal adjective + -ing= active meaning: the action is taking place at the moment of the narration. (progressive aspect).

      -  I can understand Jimmy: having nothing to do is quite boring! (doing nothing is a boring situation).

      - Paula was right! Making such a blunder was really embarrassing! (Making such a blunder is really embarrasing for Paula.)

     

     

                                                                              

               EMBARRASSING                                                                  KNOCKING                                                            SURPRISING

    Well ! This is both very short and easy... I'm sure the test will be a real success for you!  

     



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