Student or Learner
I have a very simple question , i dont know where i should use ed in compound nouns and where use ing ? Like these sentences
1.The sleeping beauty is a much-loved story is read by the most childeren
2. Children are often afraid of imaginary creature like fire-breathing dragons .
Why did we use ed in first but ing in the second ?
I have final test tomorrow please answer me soon .
Thanks, best regards .
Last edited by AliMoosavi; 13-Sep-2014 at 18:35.
Not a teacher
It's very interesting question. I am not sure if there is a specific rule for compound nouns ending either with -ing or -ed. My advice to you is just find more examples and keep reading them several times and they will stick spontaneously to your mind. When I find a useful resource I'll post it here.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Sep-2014 at 22:30. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.
The way to decide these uses is to understand what you are trying to say.
In your first, the story is "loved" by many. It is not loving by many. People love the story, so it is "loved". It is passive in nature, so the past participle is used.
In your second, the dragon is breathing fire. It is not past tense. So the present participle is used.
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MikeNewYork, that was an excellent explanation.
Norah, please read this extract from the rules of the Ask a Teacher forum:
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It is interesting to me as a native speaker that ESL students sometimes ask questions about things I have never thought about before. Anyhow, being obsessive compulsive is interesting in that I never know what I am going to obsess about. This time it was adjectives that end in either -ed or -ing. There seems to be a pattern (not %100 consistent). Anyhow, I now have a list. (Actually, two lists.) Tell me, if you wish, if they are helpful at all to you.
Do you see a pattern, and should I stop obsessing now?