Rise / Raise 

Who / What is rising – the subject or the object?

rise from chair  raise flag
rise         —         raise
 

 

Rise vs. Raise

RISE

Use rise for an action that a person or animal does by oneself.  Rise is an intransitive verb – it does not take an object. (to ascend, go up)

Please rise from the chair.

The sun rises in the morning.

The bread dough rose quickly. (past)

He rises at 6:00 a.m. every morning
 

RAISE

Use raise for an action that a person does to someone or something else.  Raise is a transitive verb – it requires an object.  (to lift, to increase, to elevate)

The Boy Scouts are raising the flag.

Please raise your hand if you want to speak.

The farmer raises wheat and barley.

My employer raised my salary.

 

Related page: Intransitive verbs   
A similar verb is: arise, arose, arisen

 

 

 

 

 

Rise

Additional Meanings

sunrise
The sun rises.
 

 

Rise

MEANINGS EXPRESSIONS

GET OUT OF BED

He rises at 6:00 a.m. every morning

REACH UPWARD

The towers of the bridge rise up 1,000 ft.

COME INTO ACTION

A  storm in rising in the northern sky.

OCCUR

A  quarrel arose among the two lovers.

INCREASE ALTITUDE

The plane rose as it approached the mountains.

INCREASE RANK

The rise of the middle class was easy to predict.

PROVOKE

They tried to get a rise out of him by insulting him.

PRODUCE

The Industrial Revolution gave rise to urbanization

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raise

Additional Meanings

raise vegetables
Michelle raises vegetables.
 

 

Raise

MEANINGS EXPRESSIONS

FOSTER

My grandparents raised me.

GROW

Mrs. Green raises roses.

COLLECT

The engineer raised over four million dollars for his battery-operated engine.

INCREASE

The landlord raised my rent.

OPEN

Raise the window shades and let some light in.

ANIMATE, IMPROVED

The good news raised his spirits.

ASSEMBLE

The king had to raise an army before he could go to war.

CAUSE TROUBLE

He was raising Cain in the back of the bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Mistakes

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He rised the hood (bonnet) of his car and worked on the engine.   (lifted, put up)

He raised the hood (bonnet) of his car and worked on the engine.   

He rised at 4 a.m. in the morning to catch his flight home.  (woke up)

He rose at 4 a.m. in the morning to catch his flight home. 

We raised up when the president came to greet us.  (stood up

We rose when the president came to greet us.  (stood up) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Rising to the Occasion

baker  bread rising
Charles is a baker.
 

 

 

Rise or Raise?

Charles is a baker who has his own business located in South San Francisco.  He does his baking in the early hours of the morning. He ____ at 3:00 a.m. six days a week and goes to work.

First, he makes the bread dough and sets it aside to give it time to ____.  Then, he begins his long day. His parents ____ him and taught him to work hard.

He bakes dozens of loaves of breads, cakes and rolls. The ovens ____ the room temperature, but he is used to working in a very warm kitchen.

He has three helpers. With the increase in demand for his breads, he has had to ___ the number of employees who work for him. Sometimes, an employee asks him for a ____ in salary.  He gives one when he can.

Because his business is increasing so fast, It is easy for him ____ money from investors. He has to pay his suppliers that buy directly from farmers that  wheat used to make his flour. His name has been  , in the world of successful baker-businessmen.

demand (n.)  – asking for something

increase in demand – more people are buying the product

investors (n.) – businessmen or institutions who are willing to loan money in return for some of the profit (gains)

rise to the occasion (expression) – find courage or bravery to do what is needed for a particular challenge

salary (n.) – money given to an employee for his or her work

 

 

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