ED and ING Adjectives in English

July 25, 2019 - Priscila Pereira

No Comments

ED and ING Adjectives

Are Ed and ING adjectives confusing?

In this post, I am going to show you the difference between ED and ING adjectives. Basically, an adjective that ends in -ING is used to describe: the characteristic of, a thing or a situation and sometimes a person. On the other hand, an adjective that ends in -ED is used to describe: a feeling (or how a person feels) or an emotion, It is only used to describe people.

Check out some examples

This movie is so boring! (I am describing the characteristic of a “thing”, in this case, the movie)

That accident story was shocking! (I am describing the characteristic of a situation which was shocking)


ED Adjectives

ED adjectives will be used to describe people and their feelings

I am so bored! (this means I feel impatient and uninterested)

I was so tired last night. (I need to rest, I did many things and now I feel tired) 


ID Adjectives

ING adjectives can sometimes be used to describe a person’s characteristic

John is so boring, every time he talks to me, I feel sleepy, I can’t stop yawning

Andrew is such an interesting person. He has traveled around the world and speaks 5 languages


ED X ING Adjectives

Although you can use ING adjectives to describe people’s characteristics, this won’t happen to all adjectives.

John is shocking! (this is a confusing phrase, so ING is not a good idea to describe John’s characteristic. You will need

to find a better word.


Here is a list of Adjectives with ED and ING


If you want, here is a video you can watch about ED and ING adjectives




Teacher Prix

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *