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    KelvinLi is offline Newbie
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    Default How to choose between a present participle adjective and an adjective to modify nouns

    A free open-air concert on an international level, 'live 8' was an _ event.

    A. inspirational
    B. inspiring

    I know the correct answer for the above question is "inspirational", but I don't understand why "inspiring" can't be used?

    When it comes to choosing between a present participle adjective and an adjective to modify a noun, is there any general rule to follow?

    I've read an article on the Internet, saying that a present participle adjective modifying a noun often indicates an on-going process, which somehow, explains why the word "inspiring" can't be used in the above question.

    Am I right ?


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    Default Re: How to choose between a present participle adjective and an adjective to modify n

    Perhaps the verb will inspire you;

    is inspiring

    was inspirational.

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    Default Re: How to choose between a present participle adjective and an adjective to modify n

    Both are fine, who told you only inspirational is correct? Ask them why they would say that! I'd like to hear the answer!

    was an inspiring/inspirational event.

    明白?

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    Default Re: How to choose between a present participle adjective and an adjective to modify n

    I would use inspirational because I feel that it is stronger and assume that is the effect the writer desired, but I agree with Pedroski that inspiring is not an error.

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