I would like to know why we can say you are the most boring person I have ever met but it is incorrect to write you are the most dancing person I have ever met.

  • But for example in the song "dancing queen" . Dancing is an adjective for a queen but not for a person is it ? – Irving Torres Hernandez Sep 8 '20 at 17:41
  • Yes I was thinking of that when I wrote the comment. Abba are/were Swedish, and not native speakers. Some gerund verbs can become noun-adjectives, e.g. a fencing master (a fencing teacher or coach) but we do not say someone is a very fencing person. – Michael Harvey Sep 8 '20 at 17:43
  • Thanks :) You've been very helpful . – Irving Torres Hernandez Sep 8 '20 at 17:48
  • Gerunds and adjectives can be difficult to distinguish. I had to think for a bit to come up with an example of dancing that was definitely an adjective (dancing shoes) before I could answer confidently. – StephenS Sep 8 '20 at 18:04

“dancing” is an absolute, or non-comparative, adjective. That means it has no meaningful degree; you can’t be more (or less) dancing than someone else.

“boring” is a comparative, or non-absolute, adjective. One person can be more or less boring than another.


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