Misused Words

Raise and Rise

Raise means to lift up.

He raised the window to let a breeze enter the house.

Rise means to get up from a reclining position.

He likes to rise early in the morning.

Note: To understand these two verbs, you need to know the principal parts of the verbs.

The principal parts of the verbs raise and rise

Present tense Present participle Past tense Past participle
raise raising raised raised
I raise the window now. I am raising the window now. I raised the window yesterday. I had raised the window last week.
rise rising rose risen
I rise from the bed now. I am rising from the bed now. I rose from the bed yesterday. I had risen from the bed last week.

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) We usually (raise, rise) the flag on Labour Day.

(2) Everyone in our family tends to (raise, rise) late on the weekends.

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