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Remember: people might be interested in something and it is the thing itself that people find interesting. Other adjectives describing emotions follow a similar pattern:
confusing / confused
disappointing / disappointed
exciting / excited
shocking / shocked
surprising / surprised
tiring / tired
amazing / amazed
annoying / annoyed
boring / bored
Compare the following:
His explanation was confusing. Most students were confused by it.
I was disappointed not to get the promotion I deserved. A disappointing day, yesterday.
I'm starting a new job and I'm quite excited about it. I think it will be quite exciting.
The news was shocking. We were shocked when we heard that everyone had drowned.
Everybody was surprised when Jenny came top of the class. It was really amazing!
It was a tiring day. I was dead tired after all that shopping.
Hope this helps you
What is the difference between be interesting and be interested? or interesting and interested?
who can tell me how to distinguish" interesting and interested? some times, I saw: I am interested for your topic. some times: I am interesting for you country. how to understand the difference. thanks!
“Interested” describes the feeling of the person.
It describes the feelings of subjects like He, she, we, I, they, or Mrs. Smith.
She was interested with the lesson.
I’m interested with reading books.
Interested applicants may submit applications online.
“Interesting” describes how you feel about the person or thing.
It was an interesting lesson.
This is an interesting book.
She is an interesting person.
The same rule applies with other “adjectives of feelings.”
Other similar words
The mnemonic that I teach you is:
'-Ing' is used for things, and '-ed' is used for people.
The movie is interesting. I am interested in that movie.
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