Participles as Adjectives, 3

The basic rule is that the past participle (verb-3) describes how people feel while present participles (ing-form) describe the agent (thing or person) that makes us feel that way.

● The documentary was very interesting. The scholar gave a very interesting talk. The audience was very captivated by the lecture.
● The children are bored. For them, the program is boring.
● The tourists were thrilled by the holiday! It was a thrilling holiday!

Ask, answer, or respond to the following. Say why and give examples.

Products, Services, Careers

27. What product or service are you very pleased with and buy?

28. _____________ is very fattening.

29. Is your aunt, uncle or cousin satisfied with his or her career?

30. The most satisfying career is in computers and information technology. What do you think?

31. It is very reassuring (comforting) to know that the future will be better. Do you agree?


32. Do your friends feel reassured by the government and political leaders?

33. My colleagues are troubled by government debt, inflation and global warming. Yes or no?

34. Can captivated audiences be motivated, swayed or influenced by politicians and the media?

35. What is the most troubling trend? How can this be alleviated or avoided?


36. I find overly talkative people annoying. True of false?

37. My girlfriend or boyfriend is annoyed by _____ .

38. What or where is the most calming and soothing music, activity, or place?

39. These days, are people most captivated by smart phones and tablets? Why are many people captivated by devices?

40. My friends are amused by mistakes or silly behaviors by their friends, colleagues, neighbors.

41. Who is the most amusing person you know?