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    rise or raise

    Is it possible to say
    They decided to rise prices?
    or only they decided to raise prices?

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    Re: rise or raise

    Quote Originally Posted by catryn
    Is it possible to say
    They decided to rise prices?
    or only they decided to raise prices?
    Hi,

    IMO, it would only be the latter: they decided to raise prices.
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    Re: rise or raise

    Quote Originally Posted by catryn
    Is it possible to say
    They decided to rise prices?
    or only they decided to raise prices?
    Prices rise, but people raise prices.
    Rise = intransitive (no object)
    Raise= transitive (takes an object)

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    Re: rise or raise

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by catryn
    Is it possible to say
    They decided to rise prices?
    or only they decided to raise prices?
    Prices rise, but people raise prices.
    Rise = intransitive (no object)
    Raise= transitive (takes an object)
    There are a couple of rare transitive uses of "rise".

    One is to "rise" a fish -- to cause it to come to the surface.
    The other is a nautical term, to "rise" a bit a land or other object above the horizon line by moving closer to it. :wink:

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