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Language tip of the week: 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 excited:

She was so excited she couldn’t sleep. They’re both getting excited planning the wedding. You don’t seem very excited.
Excited can be followed by a number of different prepositions:
I’m really excited about this trip. ♦ Sophie was surprised and excited by her win. ♦ He’s excited at the prospect of showing his work in New York.
While about is still by far the most common preposition following excited when you are talking about something that is going to happen, for has started to be used as well, especially by younger people:
I am more excited for this holiday than common sense would dictate. A lot of work has gone into this new endeavour, and we are excited for your feedback and suggestions. We are excited for him to take on new responsibilities as Rosetta’s CEO.

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

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