Differences between Surpass/outdo

< Previous | Next >


New Member
When someone do beyond the expectations...

He surpassed himself this time!
He outdid himself this time!

Do you count both of them as completely equal?

Thank you :)
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Both are suitable in that context. Note that both of these are often used negatively (when someone does something beyond expectations in a negative sense - they make an even bigger error than they usually make), so it's vital that the context makes it clear you mean in a positive way.
    < Previous | Next >