Raise or Rise?

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No doubt, these two verbs often give confusion to students of English as a Second Language, or ESL. These two verbs are NOT interchangeable.

Raise- This is a transitive verb, and it requires an object. To raise means to lift, to carry, to move something to a higher position; hence, somebody does the action.


Raise your hand

Raise your glass

Raise your employees’ salaries

Rise- this is an intransitive verb which means to move to a higher position; it’s an upward movement. This does not require an object, and nobody has to perform the action. The subject performs the action by itself.


The moon rises in the northeast.

The swan is rising gracefully from the lake.

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