I wonder how an American pronounces…
boring … bored
/ˈbɔ-ɚ-rɪŋ/ … /ˈbɔ-ɚd/
Let’s look at the 4 ways
we use these words in a sentence.
1. verb: to bore
2. adjective: boring
(present participle of verb)
3. adjective: bored
(past participle of verb)
4. nouns: boredom … a bore
1. verb: to bore (someone)
You’re not listening to me. Am I boring you?
I sometimes even bore myself; I whine too much.
Let’s see, what bores me? Everything.
I won’t bore you with the details.
object + to be + boring
The man thought the book was boring.
The boring book is lying on the floor.
used also with verbs: get … become
At the beginning it was good,
but after a while the book got boring.
Reading the same pages over and over became boring.
The teacher is boring.
The man was bored (by the book), so he took a nap.
The man got bored (with the book), so he took a nap.
used also with verbs: get … grow … become
He got bored, so he took a nap.
He grew bored, so he took a nap.
Whenever he becomes bored, he takes a nap
I’m really bored.
I’m bored stiff.
I’m bored silly.
I’m bored to tears.
I’m bored to death.
I’m bored out of my mind.
I ‘m bored out of my gourd.
I’m bored out of my skull.
Every American driver will understand this joke.
“When I get real(ly) bored, I like to drive downtown and
get a great parking spot, then sit in my car
and count how many people ask me if I’m leaving.”
“Boredom is the feeling that
everything is a waste of time;…”
“The cure for boredom is curiosity.”
4b. noun: a bore
(a person or situation that is boring to you)
What a bore!
He’s such a bore!
She’s a real bore!