A common mistake that I see (or hear) English learners make is when they say, “I am boring,” instead of “I am bored” (nothing to do).
Unlike present progressive verb, such as running, sleeping, eating, jumping, or playing, boring is actually an adjective.
Adjectives that end in –ing describe a person, a thing, or a situation that causes one’s feelings.
Adjectives that end in –ed describe one’s own feelings.
I am boring = I cause other people to feel bored.
I am bored = I am feeling bored / I feel bored.
- The teacher’s lesson was very boring! All the students were bored. [All the students felt bored]
- This party is boring. I’m so bored that I’d rather go home and watch TV.
- You think that I’m boring? Try talking to that guy over there, he’s boring!
annoying, confusing, exciting, interesting, surprising
- My little brother is always annoying me. I am annoyed with him again today.
- I got confused about which day my lecture was. I find the beginning of the school year so confusing!
- That new movie sounds exciting! I am excited about going to see it.
- The teacher always talked about interesting topics. I am interested in attending more of his classes.
- I was surprised to see you today! You’re so mysterious; everything you do is surprising to me!
For each question choose the correct adjective form (-ing or –ed).
- I am never boring/bored when I watch ‘The Simpsons’ on TV.
- He found the long flight very bored/boring.
- What sound do you find most annoyed/annoying?
- After getting a speeding ticket I felt so annoyed/annoying.
- I find algebra so confusing/confused.
- He was confusing/confused by the directions his wife had given him.
- She was very excited/exciting about her boyfriend coming to visit.
- We all think that the roller coaster is the most excited/exciting ride at the amusement park.
- This lesson is so interesting/interested.
- He started to learn Spanish because he had always been interested/interesting in learning a new language.
- We were surprising/surprised to learn that John got married in Las Vegas.
- When John got married in Las Vegas, it was so surprising/surprised for all his friends.