Anxious is often used as a synonym for eager. But, is that correct? 

It’s not wrong, but it does run the risk of confusion.

It’s important in writing to be precise. Therefore, it is more accurate to use anxious when you want to convey apprehension or uneasiness. Eager is used when you are excited about or looking forward to an event.

In addition, anxious is usually followed by the word about, whereas eager is usually followed by to.


  • At first we were anxious about getting a puppy, but now we are eager to bring our new puppy home.
  • I am eager to spend the holidays with my husband’s family, but I am anxious about meeting my mother-in-law for the first time.

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