"To boost" vs "To increase"

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Hello everyone,
what is the difference between "to boost" and "to increase"?
The context is the performance of a company.
1) "Boost productivity by 5%" vs "Increase productivity by 5%";
2) "Boost inbound logistics efficiency by 9%" vs "Increase inbound logistics efficiency by 9%";
3) "Productivity boosted by 7%" vs "Productivity increased by 7%".

  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Productivity boosted by 7%" isn't something we'd be likely to say, unless it's a fragment of a longer sentence. "Productivity increased by 7%" can stand on its own. In your other examples the two words are equivalent.

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Boost" implies some sort of input that brings about the improvement; it's an active verb and it's transitive. So if you say "Productivity boosted", we think "What did productivity boost? Productivity can't boost anything. Something boosted productivity." "Increase" can be both transitive and intransitive.
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