Improve Your English – Lesson 7: The Difference between 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.