Surpass / Exceed

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jellybean10

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Chinese
Hi Folks

<<FYI>> I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm really confused when I want to write down the bellow words.
A: The system limit has been surpassed due to some specific reason
B: The system limit has been exceeded due to some specific reason.

Any ideal I should choose A or B?

Thanks
 
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  • Parla

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    English - US
    In my experience, the two words tend to be used in different kinds of situations.

    "Surpass" is often used in a positive sense, as in: "He surpassed the previous record for running the mile."

    "Exceed" often seems to be used in a negative sense, as in: "He was arrested for exceeding the speed limit."
     

    Sun14

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    Chinese
    In my experience, the two words tend to be used in different kinds of situations.

    "Surpass" is often used in a positive sense, as in: "He surpassed the previous record for running the mile."

    "Exceed" often seems to be used in a negative sense, as in: "He was arrested for exceeding the speed limit."
    How about this sentence:

    The energy available exceeded/surpassed the energy demand from the late 1960.
     
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