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ADJECTIVES OF FEELING

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN SURPRISING AND SURPRISED IN THE


FOLLOWING EXAMPLES?

(1) She told me a surprising thing
(2) He looked surprised to see Cassie standing by the front door

ACTIVITY 1) Look at these pairs of adjectives of feeling. Mark them + if they are positive in
meaning and - if they are negative.

0 FLATTERED-FLATTERING +
1 DEPRESSED-DEPRESSING
2 CONFUSED-CONFUSING
3 ENCOURAGED-ENCOURAGING
4 ANNOYED-ANNOYING
5 FRUSTRATED-FRUSTRATING
6 FRIGHTENED-FRIGHTENING
7 INTERESTED-INTERESTING
8 IRRITATED-IRRITATING
9 DISAPPOINTED-DISAPPOINTING
10 EXCITED-EXCITING
11 BORED-BORING
12 FASCINATED-FASCINATING
13 INSPIRED-INSPIRING

ACTIVITY 2) Complete the adjectives in the following sentences by adding -ed or -ing.

Example: Tanya was amaz(ed) and thrill(ed) when she beat the world record.

1. A lot of people are excitby the idea of doing dangerous sports.
2. Top athletes must find all the media attention very flatter
3. I think Id find hang gliding rather frighten
4. Im really unfit! Its so depress!
5. I cant understand why some people are interesin trying to beat records.
6. I thought the way the coach explained things was rather confus
7. People who attempt to beat records often feel very frustratwhen they fail.
8. My instructor was very encouragabout my chances of winning.
9. I was annoywith myself when I lost the game.
10. Please stop whistling, Its really irritat

ACTIVITY 3) Complete the following sentences with a suitable adjective from Exercise 1.

0 I find this cold, grey weather really ______________. We havent seen the sun for months.
1 She hit her head when she fell and woke up feeling very___________________
2 I think she was a bit____________because you kept interrupting her.
3 I found learning to rollerblade really___________I just kept falling over.
4 She was extremely_____________when someone mistook her for Anna Kournikova.
5 He kept losing matches and ended up getting very__________
6 I wish you would stop doing that. Its really_____________
7 Would you be_________in helping me train for my next match?
8 Some people are__________of hurting themselves and dont enjoy dangerous sports.
9 I found what my coach said about my last match very_________________
10 She felt ________because, despite all her hard work, her serve was still not strong enough.
11 Would you find it___________if a sports clothing company offered you a modelling contract.
12 I read a really __________article about personal sports trainers the other day.
13 She got very__________about the umpires bad decisions and stormed off the court.

ACTIVITY 4) Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first
sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and
five words, including the word given. There is an example at the beginning (0)

0 I get embarrassed when people find out that I used to be on television.
IT
I think it is very embarrassing when people find out that I used to be on television.
1 Nothing irritates me more than email advertising.
MORE
There is nothing______________________than email advertising.
2 She thinks its insulting when people wont take her advice.
FEELS
She____________________by people not taking her advice.
3 The match was so thrilling that the crowd wouldnt stop cheering.
WERE
The crowd_________________the match that they wouldnt stop cheering.
4 Her nerves were soothed by the gentle music.
WAS
The gentle music_________________for her nerves.
5 The idea of flying can be frightening for some people.
ARE
A lot of people__________________the idea of flying.

ACTIVITY 5) How would you feel if:

your friend gave you an unexpected present?
you thought a stranger was following you?
your brother or sister borrowed your CD player without asking you?

WRITE SOME MORE QUESTIONS LIKE THE ONES ABOVE AND ASK A PARTNER!