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    • Join Date: Oct 2007
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    Without selective curriculum, teaching will get conflicted to local conditions and teachers might stand in an embarrassed situation.

    The unsuspecting student may find himself in an embarrassing situation if he or she ends up using such terms in normal conversation without knowing the full meaning of what he or she is saying.

    I wonder how to tell these two phrases (in blue) apart. Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

    • Join Date: May 2008
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    Re: embarrased/embarrassing

    The present and past participles of embarass can both function as adjectives.

    However their uses differ.

    He is embarrased = he is feeling embarassment.

    He/it is embarrasing = he/it creates feelings of embarassment (in other people).

    With this distinction in mind, an embarrassing situation makes sense as describing a situation which causes embarassment; however an embarrassed situation makes less sense, as a situation itself cannot feel embarrassment. However maybe this use is fine: perhaps an abstract noun can be described in such a manner. I am interested to hear other opinions.

    I am not a teacher.


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