Is it grammatically correct to say "I was enthused" rather than "I was enthusiastic"?
If so, what is the difference between the two?
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The answer is one of preference, not grammar.
Enthused is a back-formation. Because it's newer, some people may be more used to hearing enthusiastic. Also, as the quote below indicates, the two words can have different implications.
Quoth the grammarist: