Quite often, non-native English speakers may find “raise” and “rise” confusing as both words refer to something going up, but there are differences so let’s take a look.

As verb forms

Raise is a regular verb; its past tense and past principle are both “raised”.

Raise is a transitive verb that requires the subject to act upon object(s), it needs direct object(s). In other words – Something raises something.

The Start-up company expects to raise enough capital to scale up its operation.

He raised his voice during a heated argument.

Rise is an irregular verb; its past tense is “rose” and past principle is “risen”.

Rise is an intransitive verb which means it doesn’t require objects, it can rise or go up by itself. In other words – Something rises.

In summer, the Sun rises very early in the morning.

The interest rose almost half a percentage in the last quarter.

Scott Morrison has risen to be the new Prime Minister of Australia after the latest leadership spill.

What about in noun forms?

When we talk about an increase of pay, Pay Raise is American English, Pay Rise is British. Both are correct, however be mindful in PTE writing, keep your English preference consistent throughout each response. In other words, if you prefer American English, don’t mix with British.

Now you understand how to use each word correctly, why not practice and form your own sentence? Leave it in the comment section below.