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Hi, Meriem,

@Meriem posted:


What is the difference between bored with and bored by?

  • If you are bored by exercising alone you might enjoy a competitive sport like football or tennis.

  • Do you get bored with doing repetitive activities or do you feel happy about doing routine things?

There is no big difference in meaning between them and I see that they can be used interchangeably in your examples. Grammatically speaking, 'be bored by' can be used as a passive construction.

- If exercising bores you = (you are bored by exercising), .....

This doesn't mean that 'exercising' is boring, but it gives you the feeling of  boredom / makes you feel bored. Depending on COCA's results, it seems that 'bored by' is not as common as 'bored with'.

In 'bored with', 'bored' is an adjective, not a past participle. 'Bored with' could mean that someone or something sounds boring to you.

- I am bored with this book. = This books sounds boring to me. 

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