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    Question Zealous VS eager

    Zealous VS eager.... Please what's the difference? Explain it even if it's slight.

    Do these sentences have the same meaning:

    1- Salma is pretty eager to participate in the pageant.

    2- Salma is pretty zealous to participate in the pageant.

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    Re: Zealous VS eager

    Only #1 is natural. 'Zealous' is much stronger than 'eager', and it is not normally used in a 'BE+zealous+to-infinitive' construction.

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    Exclamation Re: Zealous VS eager

    So to form a true sentence using "Zealous" I should say:

    Salma is a zealous participant of the pageant.

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    Re: Zealous VS eager

    ^^^^ ?

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    Re: Zealous VS eager

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    So to form a true sentence using "Zealous" I should say:

    Salma is a zealous participant of the pageant.
    "Salma is a zealous participant in the pageant" is OK.

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    Re: Zealous VS eager

    Note that zealous has a connotation of including a rather manic aspect to it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Zealous VS eager

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Note that zealous has a connotation of including a rather manic aspect to it.
    Yes, that is what I thought. Something irrational about a zealot.

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    Lightbulb Re: Zealous VS eager

    I think this's the main problem we (as non-native speakers) are facing.
    I've come across this word while practicing for TOFEL, very unfamiliar and honestly never heard it before. To use it properly I have to take care of the grammars and the exact meaning.... Thank you all!

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