10. Adjectives: -ed, -ing?

10. Adjectives: -ed, -ing?

Where to go for the weekend?

Main practice:  adjectives - ed or ing?
Revision:            (to) fancy  -  should be  -  rather

-ing adjectives describe something
-ed adjectives describe someone's feeling about that thing (or that person), i.e.
  • The movie was frightening.
  • I was frightened by the movie.
  • The ending of the story was surprising.
  • I was surprised by the ending of the story.

(to be) easy - to have no preference when a choice has to be made, i.e.
- Shall we eat at home tonight or go to a restaurant? 
- I'm easy. Your choice.

  • (to) fancy -  to want. Often about food, drink, activities; followed by ing or a noun, i.e.
  • Do you fancy (going for) a walk later?
  • I fancy seeing a film tonight.
  • He fancies a game of tennis this afternoon. (e.g. playing) 

 * Fancy can also mean to have a romantic attraction for someone, i.e. John fancies Maria.      

fascinating - very interesting, i.e.
  • The programme about volcanoes was fascinating.
  • He's a fascinating person.

rather  - here, it means to a certain extent, not as strong as very, i.e.
He's rather good at swimming, but not as good as his sister.
The play was rather boring.
*Also used to state a preference:  I'd rather go to Paris than London. 
The family are planning a weekend break. Should they go Portsmouth, where there are historic war ships, (especially famous are the Victory and the Mary Rose) or Bath, a beautiful, historic city with famous Roman baths?

Complete the sentences by choosing the correct adjective.

Sam:    Okay, Where shall we go this weekend? I fancy Bath, but your Dad
              fancies Portsmouth. 

Tim:     Portsmouth, I'm interested / interesting in old ships.

Katie:  No, Bath, it's a much more interested / interesting city.

Tim:     But it's not very excited / exciting . It'll be much more excited / exciting
              to see old war ships like the Victory and the Mary Rose.

Katie:  Really? I find war ships rather bored / boring .

Bill:     Come on, Katie, they're a big part of British history. And it's fascinating /
              fascinated to see the Victory and the Mary Rose and learn
              how the sailors lived two hundred years ago.

Katie:  Dad, you're a history teacher.  You should be more fascinated / fascinating  
              by Roman history and Bath is a Roman city. It's also very beautiful.

Sam:    I agree with Katie. And Bath will be much more relaxing / relaxed for us.

Bill:      Okay, I'm easy. Tim?

Tim:     Oh, all right, let's go to Bath.

Katie and her friend, Josh, disagree about a book and a film.

Complete the sentences. 

Katie:  The film was exciting / excited   but I was more interested / interesting
                to read the book.

Josh:    Really, I thought the book was bored  / boring  , most of the characters were

Katie:   Oh no, the characters were fascinating /  fascinated  . Mr Parks was
               terrified  / terrifying  . And the poor confused / confusing 
               detective was very *amusing /  amused  .

Josh:     Well, I'm sorry, Katie, we won't agree. The book boring /  bored me and I
               thought the film was very disappointing  /  disappointed  .

* amusing - making someone smile or laugh, usually in a subdued way