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Lisa's week: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Every now and again, I’m going to give you a quick tip about a wrongly used word, a false friend or a typical mistake. These are the common errors I hear many times a week and which land on my mistake bingo card!

 This week, the difference between to rise, to raise and to arise

 To rise

  • Pronounced: raɪz
  • Meaning:
    • to increase – inflation rose by 2% last year
    • to go up – the sun rose slowly in the sky at the break of dawn
    • to revolt – the people rose against the dictator’s actions
    • to increase in size because of the release of chemical reaction such as yeast in bread dough – leave the bread dough next to the heating there so that it has time to rise before we put it in the oven
    • Irregular, intransitive verb: rise, rose, risen
    • Intransitive means that things can rise but people can’t rise something and therefore the verb can’t have a direct object.

 To raise

  • Pronounced: reɪz
  • Meaning:
    • to lift – if you raise your eyes to the sky at night during August, you will see the incredible meteor shower
    • to increase – the company will have to raise its prices if it wants to survive the drop in demand
    • to cause to exist – the company wants to raise capital by offering shares on the New York Stock Exchange
    • to look after something while it grows – did you hear that he raises chickens at home so that he has a constant supply of delicious eggs?
    • Irregular, transitive verb: raise, raised, raised
    • Transitive means that people raise things and therefore, these sentences always need an object.

 To arise

  • Pronounced: əˈraɪz
  • Meaning:
    • to happen or to occur – problems arose when the CEO quit and a replacement couldn’t be found / were there any issues arising from the meeting you went to last week?
    • Irregular, intransitive verb: arise, arose, arisen
    • Intransitive means that things can arise but people can’t arise something and therefore the verb can’t have a direct object.


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!