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    tiring, tired

    Hello, teachers:
    I am not very clear about the usage of tiring and tired.
    Could you please verify my sentences below?
    1 He looks tired.
    2 He is a tiring child.
    3 May I say:He looked tiring. ( Since he is a trouble, May I say that? )

    Thanks for your kind help!


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    Re: tiring, tired

    I am not very clear about the usage of tiring and tired.
    Could you please verify my sentences below?
    1 He looks tired.
    2 He is a tiring child.
    3 May I say:He looked tiring. ( Since he is a trouble, May I say that? )
    Hi Wuken,

    It appears you have the right idea. In a nutshell:

    The -ed adjectives describe the way you feel; the -ing adjectives describe the thing that makes you feel that way.

    • This is a boring movie; I feel bored.
    • What an exciting game! I am excited!
    • This show is interesting; I'm interested in it.
    • This is a tiring job; I'm tired.

    Can you say He looked tiring? Well, if you mean he looked as though he would make you tired, then technically yes, you could. However, you have a pretty awkward sentence and I strongly suspect a native speaker would just say it differently. For example, maybe something like He looked like a real handful.

    Hope this helps.

    Greg

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    Re: tiring, tired

    Thanks for dragn's reply!

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    Smile Re: tiring, tired

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Thanks for dragn's reply!
    There's something more you should know about:

    I am bored (something/someone made me feel bored; something/someone was boring)
    I am boring (you make other people feel bored)

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