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Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing


Many adjectives that end in -ed and -ing are examples of participial adjectives. They have this name because they are formed from the past participles and present participles of verbs. Here are some examples bored / boring (verb: to bore) surprised / surprising (verb: to surprise)Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing:

book references (4)
quiz (4)
Adjectives ing or ed - short quiz (3)
Two-option, ten-question multiple choice quiz




Participial Adjectives 1 -ed / -ing (492)
Brief notes, examples and html quiz


Adjectives: ~ed / ~ing (1146)
Twelve-question MC quiz



General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 2 Relax  Page 20 
Ss listen to extract from soundtrack and say what kind of film.
Unit 4 Adrenalin  Page 34 
(1) Match gradable / absolute adjectives (2) Listen to and practice dialogues on the pattern: 'Were you scared? 'Scared? I was terrified!'

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
37 -ed and -ing adjectives  Pages 218 - 222

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
Progress check 1 - 5b Sentences in the hat  Page 5 
Sentence completion + mill drill. General personal topics. 7 / 12 use ed / ing adjectives.

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
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