Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) do or be better than somebody or something
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    • surpass expectations
  • Analysis
     This expression can be used in relation to going beyond somebody or something in a variety of different contexts such as amount, capacity, achievement, performance, and understanding. It is commonly used in both a social and professional setting, especially, in the case of the latter, with regards to outperforming targets. A phrase with a similar meaning is 'get/have one up on.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Even by your high standards, that meal you cooked was delicious. You really surpassed yourself there!
    2. The government report stated that the complexity of the problem currently surpasses the country's technological and economical resources.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our last quarter sales numbers surpassed all expectations. We are really on a strong upward trajectory at the moment.
    2. Profit this year is in line to surpass our previous record. Our expansion into new markets is really paying off.
    3. Surpassing my predecessor's achievements will not be easy, but I intend to do everything within my power to do so.
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