apprehensive

Sane

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Bengali
Is the word "apprehensive" appropriate in the following sentence:


The nervous woman appeared before her boss apprehensive (=afraid?) of losing her job.
 
  • pops91710

    Senior Member
    English, AE
    Is the word "apprehensive" appropriate in the following sentence:


    The nervous woman appeared before her boss apprehensive (=afraid?) of losing her job.
    The woman, afraid of losing her job, appeared apprehensive before her boss.

    Using nervous and apprehensive together to describe the woman is redundant, in my opinioin.
     

    AngelEyes

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    I don't like apprehensive at all. If you have to use it, could you say she "felt apprehensive as she stood before her boss"?

    I like pops' version and agree with him about redundancy.

    "The woman, afraid of losing her job, felt apprehensive..."

    Maybe you could consider using the adverb: "...stood apprehensively before her boss..." (However, adverbs aren't the best choices, if you ask me.)

    And if I were losing my job, I'd be terrified, not just apprehensive.
     
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