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    Default collocation question

    This is a sentence that I've just made up:
    "we need to rise/raise people awareness about this problems"

    I have no idea which one should I use, rise or raise. I know people often say "raise fund" so I think it should be the same with awareness but I am not sure. A little help please.

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    Default Re: collocation question

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    This is a sentence that I've just made up:
    "we need to rise/raise people awareness about this problems"

    I have no idea which one should I use, rise or raise. I know people often say "raise fund" so I think it should be the same with awareness but I am not sure. A little help please.
    Use "raise".

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    Default Re: collocation question

    [QUOTE=vkhu;831779]

    I have no idea which one should I use, rise or raise.


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I think that most Americans use "raise" as a transitive verb. That is, it needs an

    object:

    Raise people's awareness.

    Raise funds.

    Students should raise their hands in class if they have a question.

    You have raised an important point.


    (2) If there is no object, then one usually uses "rise":

    The sun rises every morning.

    Mr. X is rising in the public opinion polls for president.

    Ms. Y rose fast in her company because of her hard work and intelligence. She is now the president.

    A gentleman always rises from his seat when a lady enters the room.

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    Default Re: collocation question

    In short. if A raises B, B rises.

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    Default Re: collocation question

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In short. if A raises B, B rises.

    b

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    Default Re: collocation question

    "Public awareness" would be the usual expression.

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    Default Re: collocation question

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    This is a sentence that I've just made up:
    "... about this problems"

    ...
    Incidentally, 'this' is singular; you mean 'these' (different vowel sound).

    b

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