What can I replace this sentence with?

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I was trying to keep my balance but it was even harder to keep myself from jumping around with excitement.
asked Oct 30 '13 at 19:40 Irmak New member

2 answers


I would replace 'balance' with 'composure' and make a few changes.


I was trying my best to keep my composure, but it was hard not to jump around with excitement.

link comment edited Oct 30 '13 at 19:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Balance and composure don't mean the same thing.  In case you actually do mean you are trying to balance, such as on a balance beam, I offer this idea.  I was trying to keep my balance, but my excitement made it very difficult. 

link answered Oct 30 '13 at 20:23 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Good call, Patty. I just assumed that is what she meant.

Lewis NeidhardtOct 30 '13 at 22:32

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