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Language tip of the week: feeling excited

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore different ways to talk about emotions. This week’s tip looks at ways of saying that someone is feeling excited:



thrilled very pleased and excited:
We are thrilled that Kevin is joining the team. He’s thrilled about the publication of the book. ♦ I was thrilled to see her.
thrilled to bits extremely pleased and excited:
We were thrilled to bits when we found out we’d won.
looking forward to something excited about something that is going to happen:
I’m really looking forward to the trip.

can’t wait used for saying that someone is excited about something and wants it to happen immediately:
I can’t wait to see you. Larry can hardly wait for his son to come home.
on the edge of your seat very excited and interested in something because you want to know what happens next:
I was on the edge of my seat all the way through the film.
The match was real edge-of-the-seat stuff.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘feeling excited‘.

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