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    Exceeding/ Above Average

    This month, our Internet usage level was __________ the monthly average because we spent a lot more time doing research and contacting potential clients.

    A. higher
    B. exceeding
    C. above
    D. more

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    I am wondering between B and D, what would you guys choose?

    I think B is a good answer because exceed means to be greater than, whilst above average points out a slighter change than normal.

    A friend of mine said it has to be was exceeded, but in my opinion we cannot use Passive Voice here. I didn't find any souce stating that Passive Voice is needed.

    Am I wrong?

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    For me, the correct answer is C. For B to be correct, it should be "usage level exceeded". For D to be correct, it would have to be "more than". The passive voice would be incorrect.

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    I got your point. I shouldn't have used the continous tense in this question because the whole sentence was in a simple past one.

    However, I still want to ask about a little difference between these two words.

    I think B is a good answer because exceed means to be greater than, whilst above average points out a slighter change than normal.

    greater and slighter, is this right?

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    "Exceeded the average" and "was above the average" have pretty much the same meaning.

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    Quote Originally Posted by Hồ Quang Trung View Post
    However, I still want to ask about a little difference between these two words.

    I think B is a good answer because exceed means to be greater than, whilst above average points out a slighter change than normal.

    greater and slighter, is this right?
    No- above average could be a small difference or a huge one. The key to this question does not hinge on shades of meaning- they all mean much the same,so the answer is to be found in the grammatical forms used. Generally, when all the possible answers mean the same thing,the correct answer fits the grammar- it might not make more sense, but it's the only one that can take a gerund/to infinitive,come after that preposition, etc.

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    Great thanks for all answers. I have no more questions to ask.

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    Re: Exceeding/ Above Average

    Quote Originally Posted by Hồ Quang Trung View Post
    Great Many thanks for all the/your answers. I have no more questions to ask.
    Please note my corrections above. However, also please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thanks". Simply click on the Thank button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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