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I'm trying to find a word to fit in this sentence:

  • “The kid was waiting _______ for his present”
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"eagerly" probably would be the best choice here.

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'Excitedly' would be a word you could use.

Or 'on tenterhooks' - nervously anticipating something. Keen to have the outcome.

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/tenterhook

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If you just can't wait for something to happen, you're being impatient:

The kid was waiting impatiently for his present.

She is waiting impatiently for her husband's return.

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