Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) go beyond in quantity, degree, rate
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    • exceed expectations/limits/authority
  • Analysis
    'To exceed' means to go beyond the limit or what is expected in measurement. You can exceed the speed limit if you are driving, or exceed the recommended daily allowance of sugar, you might exceed your bosses expectations. This can have a positive or negative connotation as it can be associated with excess or brilliance. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The girl's exam results exceeded her parents' expectations.
    2. The driver was issued with a fine when he was caught exceeding the speed limit.
    3. The policeman was arrested because he repeatedly exceeded his authority when on duty.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our sales have exceeded targets for this month.
    2. Our responsibility towards our employees does not exceed what is written in their contract.
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