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  • -ed/-ing adjectives – adjectives from verbs

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct option to complete the sentences below.

    1I love skydiving. It's an feeling.

    2The robber was carrying a gun and wearing the mask of a clown. He was .

    3She was very with him for not telling her the truth.

    4The students are very about the exam results.

    5My teacher is very . He speaks so slowly that we just want to sleep.

    6This year, all the presents that I got for Christmas were very .

    7He's a very man. He's travelled all around the world.

    8I was so to see her. She wasn't supposed to be there.

    9Teenagers get very when they have to speak in public.

    10In the photo you can see the image of what seems to be a ghost.


  • -ed/-ing adjectives

    A lot of adjectives are made from verbs by adding –ing or –ed. They are called participial adjectives they take the forms of the present (-ing) and past participle (-ed) of the verb.

    -ed adjectives

    -ed adjectives are used to describe how we feel. Look at the following examples:

    • We’re tired. Can we stop running?
    • I’m bored. Let’s play cards.
    • I was surprised to see her.

    -ing adjectives

    -ing adjectives are used to talk about the things that produce these feelings. Check the examples below:

    • Running is very tiring. We don’t want to run.
    • This film is very boring. Let’s play cards.
    • Her visit was very surprising. We weren’t expecting her.

    A list of some common adjectives

    -ed -ing adjectives

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