Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Jul 2013
    • Posts: 10
    #1

    I am so confused

    Greeting,
    Anyone could please explain the difference between elevate and escalate as verbs, specially when you are talking about a situation not something physical.

  1. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,459
    #2

    Re: I am so confused

    It is a matter of connotation. Escalate has negative connotations, and elevate positive or neutral connotations. For example, something might escalate a conflict between two groups, whereas something else might elevate their cooperative relationship.

  2. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jan 2015
    • Posts: 4
    #3

    Re: I am so confused

    That's a very useful take on it :)

    It might also be helpful to consider what the two words mean in a general context, as well. To elevate means to "lift up", while escalating means "going up by steps". Wars and currency inflation, for instance, escalate. But when we have elevated something, we look up to it ('look up to' commonly means to admire.)

    Leaving negative connotations aside, you could think about career progression. It's normal for one's career to improve by steps - this is an escalation through the grades/ranks. If you were suddenly promoted from a lowly position to upper management, this would be an elevation: instead of 'stepping', you have been 'lifted'.
    Last edited by Cherryaa; 13-Jan-2015 at 00:15.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Jul 2013
    • Posts: 10
    #4

    Re: I am so confused

    Thank you guys so much .. I really appreciate your responses. they are very helpful.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,925
    #5

    Re: I am so confused

    Whilst your appreciation is welcome, please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. I confused his phone number/I confused my homework ?
    By ph2004 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2011, 12:59
  2. I'm confused
    By kendara in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2009, 13:07
  3. Help me, I'm confused
    By jibou in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2009, 06:33
  4. I'm confused:(....can you help me?
    By gx90t in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Jan-2009, 11:30
  5. I'm all confused...
    By cro in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-Jan-2009, 23:19

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •