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Bored vs. Boring

Many English language learners get confused about how to use the words ‘bored’ and ‘boring’ correctly. It is important that you know and understand the difference so you do not make mistakes when using these words. 

Bored = describes when someone feels that they are not interested, unhappy or tired with something or someone or because they have nothing to do.

Examples with bored:
1. I am
2. I get so
bored in biology class.
3. Eric always gets
bored at work.
4. Jessica feels
bored when she is not working.
5. I get
bored when I have to visit my grandparents in the country. There is nothing to do.
6. Trevor got really
bored on the long flight to Tokyo.
7. It was raining all day on Saturday and I was stuck inside with nothing to do. I was very
8. David got really
bored when he went shopping for dresses with his mother.
9. My son got
bored when he went to his friend’s house.

Boring = something or someone is not interesting

Examples with boring:
1. This is
2. Ms. Wilson is so
boring. I hate going to her class.
3. Helen thinks soccer games are
4. The new Jim Carey movie was really
boring. There was no action in the whole movie.
5. Paul’s speech was so
boring. I almost fell asleep.
6. My English class is
boring. I think I need to find a new teacher.
7. This book is really
boring. I can’t believe I have to read the whole thing for class.
8. My new yoga class is
boring. I think I need to go to a more intense class next time.
9. The Monday staff meetings at work are
boring. I wish they were optional.

You should now understand the difference of ‘bored’ and ‘boring’ and how to use them correctly when you speak English.


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