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.

Affect vs. Effect with 22 Example Sentences

Knowing when to use affect and effect can be difficult; even for native English speakers. The following should help you better understand the difference and how to use them.

Affect is usually used as a verb. A ways to remember it is Affect = Action (They both start with ‘A’.) Example sentences with ‘affect’:

1. Meaning: To have an influence on or cause a change in something.
• The Midwest has been severely affected by flooding this spring.
• My family’s opinion did not affect my decision to move to Brazil.
• The fire in the apartment building affected over 20 families.
• How will the new president affect the economy?
• Some experts think that video games affect children’s brains negatively.

2. Meaning: To move or touch; act or arouse your emotions
• His speech affected my outlook on life.
• John’s laziness affected everyone at work.
• We were deeply affected by our son’s death.
• I was negatively affected by the accident.
• My husband cheating on me has affected how much I love him.

The word “affect” is rarely used as a noun. ‘Affect’ is used as a noun in the field of psychology in connection with emotional states.

Effect is almost always used as a noun. Example Sentences with ‘effect’:

1. Meaning: Result or outcome of something
• The new seat-belt law will go into effect on May 1st.
• I don’t think failing this test will have any effect on my ability to pass my English class.
• The pain medicine had an intimidate effect on my body.
• The effect of the tornado was awful.
• The anti-drug presentation had no effect on the teenager’s bad habits.

2. Meaning: Give the impression/sense of something else
• The special effects in the movie were incredible.
• The white paint will give the effect that the room is very large.
• The scary music gives the effect that the house is haunted.
• Keeping the space well lit will give the effect that there is a lot of natural light coming in.

3. Meaning: personal belongings or possessions
• I inherited my grandfather’s personal effects after his death.
• Her personal effects are in the car.
• Did Alexander bring any personal effects?

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How to Form and Answer Yes/No Questions in English

Learning to ask questions in English is hard. Below you will learn how to form questions in English. You will also learn various ways to respond to (or answer) a yes/no question in English.

How to Form Yes/No Questions in English

You will always use one of the following verbs when asking a Yes/No question in English. Be, do, have or a modal verb.

Forming Questions with ‘To Be’
Yes/No questions with the verb ‘to be’ describe an identify something, in location and with current activities.

Are you from Ecuador?
Are those new shoes?
Is this yours?
Is he your husband?
Is that your dog?

Am I near to your school?
Are they at home?
Am I going?
Is it close to here?

Is he watching TV?
Are they playing baseball?

Was there any change?
Was she surprised?
Were they late?
Were they at work?
Was she dancing?

Forming Questions with ‘Do’
You use ‘do’ to find out information or fact about person, places or things.

Do you speak English?
Do you know where the bathroom is?
Do you know what time the movie starts?
Do you like pizza?
Do you like this song?
Does he play soccer?
Does that hurt?

Did you visit your Grandmother last weekend?
Did she come to school today?
Did he see what happened last night?
Did I do something wrong?
Did you buy a new car?
Did the class hear the announcement?

Forming Questions with ‘Have’
You use ‘have’ to form a question when you want to know if something happened or took place.

Has the game started?
Has he been here before?
Have you read this book?
Have you ever been here before?

Forming Questions with Modal Verbs
You use modal verbs to find out information that is uncertain or unsure. Modal verbs are: can, could, should, would, may and will.

Can he go with us?
Could she stay for dinner?
Should I call the police?
Would you like more?
May I help you?
Will he understand?

When answering Yes/No questions in English, you can answer with a simple yes or no, or you can restate the question that was asked.

Question: Is this yours?

Possible answers:
Yes, it is.
Yes, it is mine.
Yes, it’s mine.
No, it is not.
No, it’s not.
No, it is not mine.
No, it’s not mine.
No, it isn’t.
No, it isn’t mine.

Question: Do you like mangos?

Possible answers:
Yes, I do.
Yes, I like mangos.
No, I don’t.
No, I don’t like mangos.

Question: Have you heard the news?

Possible answers:
Yes, I have.
Yes, I have heard the news.
Yes, I’ve heard.
Yes, I’ve heard the news.
No, I have not.
No, I have not heard the news.
No, I haven’t.
No, I haven’t heard the news.
No, I’ve not.

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Talking About the Future in English


Learning how to talk about what happens in the future is important. You spend a lot of time talking about the future, whether you are talking about 5 minutes or 5 years from now; you need to learn to correctly express yourself in English. There are many different ways to talk about the future in English.

1. Use ‘will’ to talk about the future.
• He will study in the university next year.
• I will go shopping on Saturday.
• I wonder what he will do.
• I hope you will come to my wedding.
• Will I see you tonight?
• Erica will help you make a fruit salad.
• She will be swimming in a competition this weekend.
• Pablo will be cooking us dinner tonight.
• He will be taking the train to visit his friend in Holland.

2. Use present tense and a future time marker (tomorrow, later on, next week, in a few minutes, etc).
• I have to go to school tomorrow.
• I have a baseball game next week.
• She is dancing later tonight.
• He is running a marathon next month.

3. Use ‘want’ when talking about things that are uncertain
• She wants to travel to China.
• Brian wants to move to Indonesia in June.
• I want to visit my grandma.

4. Use (be) going to
• I am going to the bar after work.
• My brother is going to do his homework.
• They say it’s going to snow a lot tonight.
• I am going to go on vacation to Japan.
• Be careful Elizabeth. You are going to fall.

5. Use ‘if’
• I will visit if you call me.
• If Japan wins the game, they will win the championship this year.
• They should finish work at 5pm if all the clients leave on time.

6. Use the words: would like, plan, mean, hope, expect
• I would like to try the new Vietnamese restaurant downtown.
• I hope to visit my friend Josefina this year.
• I plan to go to the conference in Texas but I haven’t bought my tickets yet.

7. Use the words: may, might, should and could about things that are uncertain
• I might go to Israel next summer..
• He might come over after work.
• She may buy a new car but she is not sure yet.
• He could travel to Mexico but he doesn’t know when.


What are you going to do tonight?

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