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Raise or rise?

Raise and rise can both mean to go up, but there is a difference. Look at these examples, then choose raise or rise to complete the rules.

The government raised taxes.

The sun rises in the east.

We use when there is no object after the verb, when something goes up naturally. It can also mean to get up in the morning.

We use with an object, to say that someone makes something go up. It can also mean to help children grow up, or to mention something in a discussion.

Raise is a regular verb (raise, raised, raised). Rise is irregular (rise, rose, risen). Be careful with passive sentences (read more about passives here). The verb "rise" cannot be made into a passive sentence.


Choose the best word (raise/raised/raised or rise/rose/risen) to complete these sentences.

House prices have again this month.

He his eyebrow in surprise.

It isn't easy to children.

The number of deaths from swine flu slowly.

If it rains a lot, the water levels .

He the question of holiday pay in the meeting.

The shop has its prices three times this year.

I late on Sunday morning.

The hot air balloon up into the sky.

"Everyone, please your champagne glasses, and join me in congratulating John and Sue on their engagement!"

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