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    curtain rises, raise the curtain

    Please raise the curtain so that light can pass through the door.

    As the curtain rises, the lounge is empty, but Jack and Jill come in immediately, followed by Aunt Jane.

    What is the difference in the meaning of `raise the curtain' and `curtain rises' in this case?

    Please help me.


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    #2

    Re: curtain rises, raise the curtain

    Have you looked at the dictionary yet?

    They are both parts of the verb "to rise"


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    Re: curtain rises, raise the curtain

    Thank you Anglika.
    The first sentence sounds good.

    But the second one sounds as if the curtain was raised by itself.


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    Re: curtain rises, raise the curtain

    It is pretty much saying that - if you are sitting in a theatre and the curtain in front of the stage goes up, it appears to be rising by itself. This sentence is a stage direction, so it is describing what is to happen as the play starts.

    Of course, there is someone behind the scenes who is either pulling a rope or operating a machine to raise the curtain.


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    Re: curtain rises, raise the curtain

    While we're on curtains and raising: a "curtain raiser" is a short play or other entertainment presented before the main event.

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