Learn English – differences beetween Surpass & Exceed

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I'm confused beetween two words when i tried to conplete this sentence :
Sales of the TX 20 digital camera recently …. 10.000 in total
A.Surpassed
B.Exceeded
The key gives A , but i don't know why
please help me , thanks

Best Answer

From: http://dictionary.cambridge.org

Surpass : To do or be better than : His time for the 100 meters surpassed the previous world record by one hundredth of a second. The book's success has surpassed everyone's expectations. The director has really surpassed himself (= done better than he has done before) with this new film

Exceed : To be greater than a number or amount, or to go beyond a permitted limit: He was exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles an hour.

this is What I understand; when you say surpass, you compare one thing that has gone beyond another thing which has previously known as a record or expectation from its ability , and exceed means going beyond a permitted limit or quantity .