Posts tagged describing feelings & situations
New York is a great city. There is so much to do and see here. There are great restaurants, museums, and sightseeing spots like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. If you haven’t come to New York yet, please come and check it out.
If you take another look at the paragraph above, you see I used there is and there are. These two phrases are used to indicate that something exists or is in a certain location. Here are a few more examples:
- There is an apple on the table. ← This shows that an apple exists on the table
- There are some apples on the table.
- There will be a party at Frank’s house on Friday night.
- There were ten people in the room.
The structure is there is/are + subject + [location] ← Note that if the location is known from the context of the conversation, it does not need to be mentioned in the sentence that has there is/are. For example, let’s look at my opening paragraph again. In the sentences that contain there is/are, I did not need to mention the location:
New York is a great city. There is so much to do and see here. There are great restaurants, museums, and sightseeing spots…
**Please be careful of this common mistake:
- I like New York.
There isvery exciting.
We do not use there is/are + adjective. In such cases, please use it is:
- I like New York. It is very exciting.
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So this came up in a lesson today and I thought I would share it with you guys. Hopefully you’ll find this to be a helpful way to remember the difference between bored and boring, excited and exciting, etc. If you havn’t see it yet, check out my bored vs boring lesson here which has the details of this language point. Here today I want to just show you a different way of looking at the topic.
- Words ending in ed represent feelings: bored, excited, interested, etc.
- Words ending in ing represent the reason or cause of those feelings: boring, exciting, interesting, etc.
Edward is a man’s name, and Ed is the nickname for Edward. Ed is a person. People have feelings, so Ed is a feeling. Words ending in ed are feelings.
Another way to practice this is to use both words in a sentence, using this pattern → [something] is ING, so I am ED
- The party is boring, so I am bored.
- The movie was interesting, so I am interested in it (remember, we say interested in something).
- The roller coaster is exciting, so I am excited to ride it.
Ok, so good luck and study this lesson so you can master this point. I know it is confusing, but I hope I have made you less confused. Feel free to comment here on this or any other lesson.
Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? When you stay awake all night to do something, we say you pull an all-nighter. You can pull an all-nighter to study for an exam, play video games, or drink alcohol.
- Joe pulled an all-nighter to study for his History exam, and he got an A!
- I got so focused on my game, that I didn’t realize I was pulling an all-nighter
- Since they had a three-day weekend, they decided to pull an all-nighter and stay at the bar downtown.
Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? What were you doing?