AEE 689: Arise, Rise or Raise- Which One Should You Use?

raise, rise, arise, in English

Today we are going to tackle three tough verbs that students get confused about.

Those English verbs are arise, rise, and raise.

These are just about as confusing as the verbs lie versus lay which we covered in a different episode.

Today we will try to make the difference as clear as possible.

After you listen today, please go out and practice these verbs as much as you can!


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Here is a question from a listener:

Hi Lindsay and Michelle,

I’m Gary Wang from Taiwan. I have been listening your podcast for one year, and really like your style to learn English. Your voice is so clear, amazing, and warm for listener. Will follow your episodes to learn more in English.

BTW, I have no idea this is common problem or not in learning vocabulary. It’s easy for me to be confused on use following words, “rise, arise, raise”. For example, I wanna heads up some problems for some guys, which one is right word to use? I’m not so clear about their usages in speaching.




1- “Raise”

“Raise” is a transitive verb, so it always takes an object.


  • They raised prices.
  • He raised his hand when the teacher asked the question.

Tenses- present: raises; past tense: raised; past participle: raised;

Conversation question: Do you think they should raise the minimum wage?

**This word can also be used as a noun: “Did you ask for a raise last week?”



“Rise” is an intransitive verb, so it doesn’t take an object.


  • The sun rises every morning at 6 am.
  • Prices have risen again for the third time this year.

Present: rises; past tense: rose; gerund or present participle: rising; past participle: risen

Conversation question: How do dictators rise to power?


3- “Arise”

Something comes into being, becomes apparent, or comes up.

This is an intransitive verb because it has no direct object.

This  verb is formal.

We don’t use it much in casual conversation situations.


  • If questions arise please tell me before the end of class.

Present: arises; past tense: arose; gerund or present participle: arising; past participle: arisen

Conversation question: What thoughts or questions arose from your trip to Japan?


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Thanks for listening!


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  • 1) raise raised raised (v.t.) : Raise your cup . Cheers ! Don’t raise your voice , please !
    I was raised in Taipei, Taiwan. The farmer raises cattle in a country . We are raising funds for the poor.
    2) rise rose risen (v.i.) : I rise early to study English . Rise and shine ! The internet is on the rise . Many empires rose and fell in history .
    3) arise arose arisen (v.i.) : The accident arose from the driver’s drunkenness . A great gust of wind arose.

  • Paulo Vitor

    muito bom

  • Quynh Pham

    Hi Lindsay and Michelle!
    I’m Quynh Pham, I’m from Vietnam but I’ve been living in the U.S for 3 years. I’ve been listening to your podcast for awhile, it’s really helpful! You know, I need to learn more about natural English like this, so this website is what I need to improve my English 🙂 Thank you guys for all the great lessons!!!

    Today, I have a question for you two … Can you explain what differences when people respond “you’re welcome/ sure/ of course/ no problem/ don’t worry about it” when someone says “thank you”?
    I’ve heard Americans reponding those words all the time, but I was wondering if they have different meanings or like which word is more polite to say, and how to use them in a suitable way?

    Thank you very much! I’m waiting for your answer 🙂

  • Good question! We will try to answer it soon

  • Danny

    Hi Quynh Pham,
    I’m Vietnamese too, and I love Lindsay and Michelle’s podcast so much. I’ve been listening to their podcast for a couple of month. It’s one of the greatest way to learn and improve our English skills. Thank you Lindsay and Michelle btw 🙂

  • Danny

    Hi Mollie Tai,
    You’re a big fan of Lindsay and Michelle’s podcast, aren’t you?
    Coz’ I see your lovely comments everywhere on this site 🙂
    You teach English?

  • Quynh Pham

    I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Quynh Pham

    Hi Danny! It’s great to know you here 🙂
    Where do you live now?

  • Danny

    I live in the capital city of Vietnam guy. We’ve just had Lunar New Year festival. Quynh, Did you come back VietNam for Tet? Great day for ya btw. Thanks for reply guy.

  • Quynh Pham

    ohh so you’re from Ha Noi, Vietnam 🙂
    I didn’t go back to VN on Lunar New Year, I really wanted to! Hopefully I can go back to VN next year 😀
    You have a nice day as well! 🙂


    I am really enjoying your podcasts. They’re helping me a lot .