Ennuyeux, ennuyant what’s the difference... pls tell when to one and when to use the other.

Manpreet kaurC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ennuyeux, ennuyant what’s the difference... pls tell when to one and when to use the other.

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour à tous,

Thank you both for your answers ! The link mentioned by Chris has a very good explanation about the difference between 'ennuyeux' and 'ennuyant'. As Maarten pointed out though, 'ennuyeux' is mostly used nowadays (at least, in France - and as mentioned at the end of the article in BDL) rather than 'ennuyant'

Merci de votre contribution et bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/ennuyant/29682#difficulte

https://www.dictionnaire-academie.fr/article/A9E1712

Ennuyant less commonly used in France now - mostly ennuyeux. Differences in other countries (Belgium noted). 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There actually is a difference in meaning, which is explained here:

https://www.question-orthographe.fr/question/ennuyeux-ou-ennuyant/

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, there is a difference but it is based on regional usage outside France. 'Ennuyant' is little used in France itself according to both Larousse, and the Academie as per quote below:

Vieilli. Qui chagrine, importune ou contrarie. Il m’arrive une chose vraiment très ennuyante. Ce contretemps est bien ennuyant ! (On dit aujourd’hui Ennuyeux.)

Ennuyeux, ennuyant what’s the difference... pls tell when to one and when to use the other.

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