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こんばんは、皆!(6:25pm in Russia)

So, I just got confused by these two words (超える【こえる】 and 超す【こす】). Can someone explain them to me? Do they have the same meaning, or am I wrong?

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You are right in that both verbs have roughly the same meaning. Here are the differences I could find with my (limited) knowledge of Japanese:

超える can be used when something exceeds the norm, or is out of the ordinary.

超す can be used for "moving home" (引っ超す), whereas the above cannot (引っ超える ).

Another example is that you cannot say 年を超える、here 年を超す would be correct. I believe 超す is less common than 超える, in the cases where you could use either.

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  • Thanks a lot for the explaination! Now I understand the difference. – Danil Kolganov Nov 22 '14 at 11:29
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    Wrong kanji. 引っ越す, not 引っ超す. 年を越す, not 年を超す. – user1016 Nov 23 '14 at 7:03

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