We sometimes use verbs ending in –ed and –ing as adjectives:
I like painted furniture.
Do you like smoked meat?
The police are looking for a missing person.
Some people say Leonardo da Vinci invented the first flying machine.
Many –ed and –ing adjectives describe feelings, but we use them in different ways. We use:
- -ed adjectives to describe how we feel:
The students are interested.
- -ing adjectives to describe the thing that causes our feelings:
The rules are confusing.
It’s an interesting lesson.
We often use –ing adjectives to ask about or give an opinion about something:
Do you think horror films are frightening? (= or they frighten you?)
My cousin is really boring. (= He makes me feel bored)
We don’t use –ing adjectives to talk about how we feel;
Tell me more about the course. I am very interested.