Hello, and happy Friday! I'm still planning on talking more about other languages' influence on English, but it's been a while since we've had a common error, so I wanted to share this one. I've heard my students make mistakes with words like bored/boring, excited/exciting, amazed/amazing, and other similar word combinations. Fortunately, this is an easy error to correct. Let's look:
|Common Error: Bored vs. Boring, etc. (-ed vs. -ing)|
|DON’T say this:|
|WHY?||For word pairs like these, just remember how to use the two endings:|
-Use -ing at the end of the word if the subject causes the emotion.
For example, a movie can cause an emotion, but it can't experience an emotion (because it's not alive). So, we'd have to say:
"The movie was boring/exciting/interesting/etc."
-Use -ed at the end of the word if the subject experiences or feels the emotion.
For example, a person can experience an emotion, so you could say:
"John is bored/excited/confused/etc."
-BUT, a person can also cause an emotion (if he or she makes someone else experience that emotion). So, you could also possibly say:
"John is boring/exciting/confusing/etc."
...depending on what you want to express in your sentence.
Other similar word pairs include:
Can you think of any others?
|INSTEAD, SAY THIS:||-"I have been doing grammar exercises for an hour, so I am very bored."|
-"The movie last night was very amazing."
-"This Common Error is not very confusing."
-"Can you please play some relaxing music?"
I hope that this Common Error isn't too confusing... and I also hope that you're not confused! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!