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Friday, November 06, 2009

ESL Student Blog: “Lest We Forget” - Remembrance Day Words and Phrases

On November 11 we take time to remember those who fought and died in wars.
The line ‘Lest we forget’ is associated with the Rememberance Day observations as a plea not to foget the sacrifices of the past (and present) wars and peace missions.
Lest means ‘so that not’. People observe Rememberance Day so that the memory and legacy of the fallen soldiers is kept alive forever. Often used as a part of ‘lest we forget’, lest is also used in other word combinations meaning ‘so as to prevent any possibility that something unpleasant might happen’:
They pressed the stop button and made their way to the rear door of the bus, lest they miss their stop.
Find more Remembrance Day words and phrases here.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:36 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

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   0 Comments  Add Comment


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