Thursday, 21 June 2007

AAE Q76: 'involve /engage, manage /succeed'

Hi again,

Can you tell me diference between involve and engage? and manage and succeed?

Thanks a lot


Hi Radka,

Sorry for the delay in answering.

Manage and Succeed

Manage and succeed can both mean the same: to be successful or to achieve a goal. The difference is how they work in combination with other verbs:

manage + infinitive
succeed + in + gerund

"I managed to carry the box upstairs"
"I succeeded in carrying the box upstairs"

Involve and Engage

Again both of these verbs can have the same meaning: to participate. Engage is the formal of the two and suggests that they are more mentally involved in a task. However essentially they are synonyms.

Hope this helps