Bored vs. Boring: Common Mistakes in English

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

Bored = describes when someone feels that they are uninterested, unhappy or tired with something or because they have nothing to do.

Sentence examples with bored:
1. I am bored.
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 bored.
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

Sentence examples with boring:
1. This is boring.
2. Ms. Wilson is so boring. I hate going to her class.
3. Helen thinks soccer games are boring.
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.

Comments

  1. This sentence, which is given as an example of the correct use of “bored” has an error. As written, the sentence implies that the speaker visits a place that belongs to his grandparent (singular) (and even if that were the case, no English speaker would say it that way, but would use “grandmother” or “grandfather” instead). It is a common mistake to form English plurals by adding apostrophe and “s,” one that should not be perpetuated on a language learning site. The sentence should be corrected to read “I get bored when I have to visit my grandparents in the country.”

    5. I get bored when I have to visit my grandparent’s in the country. There is nothing to do.

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