Participial Adjectives

Choose the correct answer.
Participial Adjectives: -ed vs -ing

Example 1
CORRECT: My friend is interested in traditional Syrian music.
INCORRECT: My friend is interesting in traditional Syrian music.

Example 2
CORRECT: Traditional Syrian music is interesting.
INCORRECT: Traditional Syrian music is interested.

Example 3
Your behavior surprised me.
I was surprised.
Your behavior was surprising.

The past participle (-ed) and the present participle (-ing) can be used as adjectives.

In the first example, the past participle (interested) tells how "my friend" feels.

In the second example, the present participle (interesting) describes the cause of the feeling. The cause of the interest is Korean traditional music.

In the third example, "surprised" describes how I felt and the cause of the surprise was your behavior.