How to Know the Difference Between Rise and Raise

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English language is widely used among people whose mother tongues are  some other languages. Certain English words, particularly, create confusion for these users. One is the usage of rise and raise
Interestingly, even native speakers might confuse these two up to higher grades of school, even into the college.


  1.   Know that raise is a regular verb; that is, it is easy to remember its past and perfect participle.
    • Past participle : Raised.
    • Perfect participle : Raised.
  2.   Contrast rise as an irregular verb; that is one should memorise its past and perfect participle.
    • Past participle : Rose.
    • Perfect participle : Risen.
  3.   Keep in mind that raise is a transitive verb; that is, it needs an object to act on.
    • I raised my head to look at them. (raise, raised, raised)
    • I raised the book from the floor. (raise, raised, raised)
  4. Same rule applies to imperative form.
    • Please raise your voice.
  5.   Remember, though, that rise is intransitive; that is, it does not need an object. Not only it does not need an object but that it does not accept an object to act on.
    • My head rose upon hearing the harsh noises. (rise, rose, risen)
    • My book rose to the best sellers top ten. (rise, rose, risen)
  6. Same rule about imperative.
    • Rise and be Sir Lancelot.
  7. Note. Araise is actually a'raise and if ever to be seen is the same as to raise.
  8. Contrast arise that has a wide usage.
    • Past participle : Arose.
    • Perfect participle : Arisen.
  9.   Use it similar to rise
    • Immediately I raised the question of witness credibility (you have to use transitive verb raise).
    • Question arises whether the witness is credible. (intransitive verb arise is used).
  10.   Become familiar with rouse. This is a regular verb.
    • Past participle : roused.
    • Perfect participle : roused.
  11.   Celebrate  that rouse is  both a transitive and an intransitive verb.
    • His slogans roused the mob into violence. (transitive)
    • They rouse in the middle of night to begin the shift. (intransitive)
  12.   Note. Arouse grammatically is similar to rouse.


  • Make yourself familiar with vast semantics (meaning) of these verbs by referring to a high quality dictionary.
  • To rAise grammatically has an Attack to or an Action on an object, but to rise does not have.

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