Embarrassment Prevention

Sunday, April 29, 2012

This post is going to prevent you from making a little mistake that could embarrass yourself and it's just a matter of using adjectives in the correct way.

An adjective is formed one way when you describe something/someone, and another way when you describe how you feel.
Let's look at boring and bored: Use 'boring' when you describe something/someone and use 'bored' to describe how you feel.
I was 'bored' because the movie was 'boring' (I felt bored; boring movie). Ok, it seems simple, right? Well, if you're not careful when you speak, you might say that you are boring instead of bored, and it sounds like you're insulting yourself.

In my conversations I often hear, "I am exciting." or "I am interesting." when it should be "I am excited." and "I am interested."

boring bored
exciting excited
annoying annoyed
frightening frightened
interesting interested
confusing confused
tiring tired

Remember, when using adjectives that end in -ing, think before you speak because you don't want to describe yourself as a boring, annoying person when you really feel bored and annoyed.

*By the way, this is my 100th post for improving-english.com and I'm excited!

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