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    Enthusiasm

    Hello,


    Does the bold text sound natural? And if it does not what verb would suit the sentence?


    "Though the home side won hands down in the first leg the manager tried to abate the enthusiasm:"You know what they say, do not count your chicken before they are hatched; we have not moved up to the next stage of the competition yet."


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    Re: Enthusiasm

    It's not wrong, but I would probably use 'curb'. He doesn't want to put a damper on their enthusiasm, just keep it in check.

    It should be 'chickens' by the way.
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    Re: Enthusiasm

    "Does the bold text sound natural? And, if it does not, what verb would suit the sentence?"
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Enthusiasm

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Does the bold text sound natural?
    It sounds dated to me. Roman's version works better for me, or simple something like to calm things down/keep a lid on things/stop over-excitement.

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