Language point

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 12:00am

We often add the suffix '-ed' to a verb to form its past tense or past participle, eg. 'Politics never interested her.' Here, 'interested' is a verb. However, some '-ed' words can be adjectives as well, eg. 'She was never interested in politics.'

Take note when '-ing' and '-ed' words act as adjectives, eg. 'interesting' and 'interested'. We generally use '-ed' adjectives to describe people, but '-ing' adjectives to describe objects or events, eg. 'She is interested in politics' v 'Politics is very interesting'. Can you think of other similar examples?

Read the story, circle the '-ed' words, and decide if they are verbs or adjectives.


Verbs: changed (line 12), picked (23), intensified (24), accomplished (42)

Adjectives: stressed (13 and 29), fixated (15), unsettled (50)

Suggested answers: excited/exciting, satisfied/satisfying, worried/worrying, pleased/pleasing, bored/boring, embarrassed/embarrassing