I had hitherto assumed that one could easily switch from an adjective to a verb and vice-versa, considering many adjectives (participle adjectives) are formed from verbs. But it seems that there is no such freedom to be always enjoyed.
For example, while it is fine to write either
This task is really tiring.
This task really tires you.
It isn't correct to write
Strict adherence to the rules of grammar sometimes stilts your prose.
I have to recast the sentence instead as
Strict adherence to the rules of grammar sometimes makes your prose stilted.
Why is this the case and is there a way to know where such switching between verb and adjective forms isn't allowed, without having to check the dictionary?