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Are you interested, or interesting?

What’s the difference?

Today, in #10 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing when to use the -ed and -ing endings! 

To be interested is not the same as being interesting.  The same applies to other English phrases such as bored and boring, or excited and exciting.  Here is a general rule to help you remember the difference:

  • When talking about yourself or your feelings, use the –ed ending.  "I am interested in music."
  • When talking about others or something outside yourself, use the –ing ending.  "That music is interesting."


Here are some more examples:

  • "She's excited by travel."
  • "Travel is exciting."
  • "They're bored by soccer."
  • "Soccer is boring."


Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:


What do you find interesting, boring or amazing?

What isn’t interesting, boring or amazing?

Tell us in the comments section below!