Interesting, interested, exciting, excited

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The past participles interested, bored, excited etc., are used to say how people feel.

The present participles interesting, boring, exciting, confusing etc., describe the people or things that make others interested, bored, excited etc.

For example, if you are interested in a program, that program must be very interesting. If you are excited about an offer, that offer has to be very exciting.

Exercise

Complete the following sentences using appropriate present participle or past participle forms.

1. She was feeling a bit -------------------. (confused / confusing). She didn’t know what to do.

2. He is very -----------------. in philosophy. (interested / interesting)

3. ‘Treasure Island’ is an -------------------. story of adventure. (exciting / excited)

4. Her classes are always --------------------. (boring / bored)

Answers

1. Confused ; 2. Interested; 3. Exciting; 4. Boring

See also

Ill and Sick
If I were you
In case and if
If and unless
In spite of
Interesting, interested, exciting, excited etc.
Inversion of subject and verb
Is, am and are
It
It's and its

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