Raise And Rise | Commonly Confused Words
The verbs raise and rise are often confused.
Raise is a transitive verb. That means it is followed by an object. Raise means to lift something or to grow something.
- All those who support the resolution should raise their hands. (= should lift their hands)
- It is easy to raise tomatoes. (= It is easy to grow tomatoes.)
Rise is an intransitive verb. It does not take an object.
To rise is to get up on your own or to grow higher.
- The sun rises in the east.
- The temperature never rose above zero degrees.
- The students rose from their seats when the teacher entered the class room.
- The batter won’t rise unless you add yeast.
Raise can also mean rear or bring up.
- The boy was reared / raised / brought up by his aunt.
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