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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Rise vs raise

LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,752 mod
edited December 2014 in A Question of English


  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,812 mod
    I came up with the words `rise and raise`.
    I should use `raise` when something raises something and I should use `rise`when something rises.

    The Tower Bridge get raised by a strong engiene and the sealevel rises, but who on earth raises children? Do I have to pull their hair for raising them? I would rather prefer to use `rise`because no-one pulls but it is wrong.

    Any idea how I to Keep that in my brain.
  • BobmendezBobmendez Posts: 397 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2014
    These are very interesting couple of verbs, @Hermine. As I have just found out due to your comment, 'raise' must have an object. Children are objects in this case in order that we raise them by feeding, taking care, etc. People raise crops and no one pulls them as well.

    And that's all what I could come up with :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,840 mod
    Children might rise up to rebel against their parents @Hermine. The sun rises in the east. Your children may rise above others at school if they work hard.
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,307 ✭✭✭✭
    I usually avoid those confusing mistakes but I was made confused by my teacher. Does it make a sense @Lynne?
    His temperature rises up due to cold.
    I raised my hand up.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    10 students participated in class last week, we have 5 other students joining them this week.
    The amount of students rose to 15.
    There is a raise of 50% in the amount of participants.
    Am I right?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,840 mod
    edited January 2015
    It would be better to say 'There was an increase of 50% in the number of '@aryarchi. Rise in the number of participants would be okay though.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2015
    The number of students rocketed to 15 in this week. @mheredge?
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,752 mod
    edited January 2015
    @Dora‌ - You don't need "up" in either.

    His temperature keeps rising.
    I raised my hand.


    The interest rate has been raised up to 13 %.

  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    Population growth and sea-level rise will heighten the risk in this area.
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