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    #1

    surplus and excessive

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please kindly explain the difference between "surplus" and "excessive"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: surplus and excessive

    As adjectives ("there was surplus production / excessive production") the difference is in degree. A surplus was anything more than required; excessive was well beyond requirement, to the point of criticism. Surplus is often good, excessive never is.

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    Exclamation Re: surplus and excessive

    Surplus: A quantity much larger than is needed. The surplus food was distributed among the needy.
    Excessive: too much, beyond acceptable limits: Their drinking habit is excessive, they are drunk every night .

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