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anxious/eager

Careful writers distinguish between anxious, meaning"uneasy," and eager, meaning "enthusiastic, having akeen interest."


Weak

We were anxious to meet and congratulateher.

Improved

We were eager to meet and congratulateher.

Acceptable

He was anxious about the results of theexamination, fearing that he had not done well.


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