Instead of _______ about the good news, Hilary seemed to be indifferent.
to be excited
Correct Answer: EASY
Instead of + Ving: instead of doing something
After the verb to be in this sentence, we use the adjective ed due to the need for an emotional adjective (Hilary is affected by “good news”)
Translation: Instead of being excited by the good news, Hilary seemed indifferent.