Improve Your English – Lesson 7: The Difference between Raise/Rise

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Improve Your English – Lesson 7: The Difference between Raise/Rise

Raise/Rise

These two words, like lie and lay, are often misused, even by native speakers—you can get the upper hand by understanding them.

Raise means to lift up something.

  • Don’t say: We rise the flag everyday at the student assembly.
  • Do say: We raise the flag everyday at the student assembly.

Rise means to go up, stand up, or get out of bed.

  • Don’t say: I raise every morning at sunrise.
  • Do say: I rise every morning at sunrise.

You can look at the sunrise in the morning and remember that the sun rises every morning.

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