Do you know the difference between Tired OF and Tired FROM?
- Tired of (something)
had too much of something, or done something too much ~ to be bored with an activity, a thing or person
- Tired from (something)
some activity you have done has made you tired
The word tired is an adjective that means:
① feeling that you would like to sleep or rest; needing rest
I’m too tired even to think.
– tired from something “I’m still a bit tired from the journey.”
– tired from doing something “I take the bus when my legs get tired from walking.”
② feeling that you have had enough of somebody/something because you no longer find them/it interesting or because they make you angry or unhappy
tired of somebody/something
I’m sick and tired of all the arguments.
tired of doing something
She was tired of hearing all his complaints.
Let me explain the difference with some more examples.
“I ate at Burger King every day this week. I am tired of hamburgers now, let’s have pizza today.”
(I’ve eaten too many hamburgers recently. I’m bored of them now.)
“Jason works at an amusement park giving safety instructions on the balloon ride. He must be tired of saying the same thing all day every day.”
(Jason has given the same instructions many times. He must be bored saying them now.)
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Please keep your hands inside the ride at all times. Please don’t stand up until the ride has completely stopped. Enjoy the ride and have a great day at the park.
I’m tired of studying. I’ve been studying for 3 hours, I need a break.
“I’m tired from playing with my daughter for 3 hours in the park today.”
(Playing with my daughter for 3 hours has made me feel tired.)
“Bernadette looks exhausted. She must be tired from all the work she did in the garden this morning.”
(Doing lots of work in the garden has made Bernadette feel tired.)
Tired from a long day at work, Alex fell asleep on the train.
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