To raise vs to rise


Does the sun rise every morning or raise every morning? Do these words mean ‘to go up’?  How do we use them? Let’s learn the difference so that we know how to say it!

to raise:

To move an object (person or thing) to a higher position.

- Chloe always raises her hand in class when she has a question.


to rise:

To move to a higher position or increase (without an object).

- Prices rise during the holiday season.

Don’t Say:


The government rises taxes every year.



The government raises taxes every year.

More examples:

to raise

– Her boss raised her to a management position.
– The employees always raise the quality of standard in the company.

to rise

– The student has risen to a higher level of English.
– Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, rose to instant success.


DIRECTIONS: Fill in the blank with the correct form of raise and rise.

EXAMPLE: The balloon rose up into the air.

*Note: A misspelled word counts as incorrect.


1) The financing agency raised the interest rate yesterday.

2) The sea level rises during hurricane season.

3) “Let’s raise our glasses to toast for the company’s success”

4) Liverpool’s profits always rise each year during December.

5) The boss raised the staff’s motivation by rewarding them with a bonus.


- A person can “rise up to the challenge.” For example, “Sophia rose up to the challenge, when she accepted the senior manager position.”

-People can “rise” in the presence of an important authority figure. For example, “During the court session all rise (everyone stands up) when the Judge enters the courtroom.”

-Employees can “get a raise” in their salaries. For example “Anna got a raise and now she earns more money.

-People can be born in one place but “raised” (grow up) in another. For example, “Zoe was born in Mexico, but she was raised in Chicago so she only speaks English.”

Tip: Raise in past only changes to raised.
       Rise in past changes to rose and risen.