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I'd like to say something like "My enthusiasm declined after I read the news", but I'm not sure decline goes well with enthusiasm. Is there a better alternative? Or is decline just fine?

  • How about "My zeal zeroed out after I read the news"? – user21497 May 7 '13 at 2:24
  • Zeal doesn't quite work in the context I'm considering. – Azo May 7 '13 at 2:28
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    Then I'd recommend Bill F's "My enthusiasm waned". Better than "declined". – user21497 May 7 '13 at 2:32
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  • Hmm, I wasn't sure declined could actually be used here, and thought asking whether it could or could not would be appropriate. – Azo May 9 '13 at 3:30
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"Declined" is a verb that is often used with numbers, eg the stock market declined. To my ears, it sounds out of place.

I would suggest "sank" or "waned" or "deflated".

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  • Thanks. I did a search on Google for "enthusiasm ...", it looks like the ordering of the frequencies is waned > deflated > declined > sank, with waned having a clear lead (twenty-fold higher in frequency than deflated). – Azo May 7 '13 at 2:33
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Why not “I lost interest in the movie after I read the reviews.”

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My interest died after I read the news

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    Please don't use the number 1 when you want to write a capital letter "i". – teylyn May 7 '13 at 9:55
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My interest decreased after I read the news.

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  • This is a site for proper use of English. If you give an answer, please try to use correct spelling. – teylyn May 7 '13 at 9:57

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