Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Those Nagging Little Problems (Part 12 of 16)

Almost as bad is the difference between rise and raise. One way to help is remind yourself that raise is usually transitive. That means a direct object (noun or pronoun) follows. Rise is intransitive (no direct object following). If you can substitute “get up” or “go up” for rise, you know you’re right. Raise means lift or cause to go up.
  • He rose from the sofa. Substitute: He got up from the sofa. (Rose is the past tense of rise). You wouldn’t say she raised from the sofa. 
  • She raised her arm above her head. (She lifted her arm.)

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