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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Raise vs. rise

While their meaning may seem to be related, these verbs cannot be used interchangeably in a sentence. Raise is always followed by an object but rise isn’t.

Raise is a regular verb (raise-raised-raised). Rise is an irregular verb (rise-rose-risen).
 
Common meanings and uses of the verb raise:
 
She raised her arm to wave to the crowd. (moved upwards, lifted)
The university is raising its tuition yet again. (is increasing amount)
She has raised her children by herself. (has brought up)
Don’t you dare to raise your voice at your mother! (bring to a higher level)
Please raise your voice against domestic violence. (speak firmly against)
They raised thousands of dollars for the research. (collected)
Many important issues were raised at the meeting. (brought up for discussion)
 
Common meanings and uses of the verb rise:
 
The smoke was rising from the chimney. (moving upwards)
Unemployment rate rose by 5% in October. (increased)
Please rise for the national anthem. (stand up, be in an upright position)
The pizza dough has risen twice its original volume. (swelled)
He quickly rose to the power and within months became a party leader. (reached a higher position)
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:31 AM
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