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    #1

    raise vs bring up

    "We raise children."

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    "We bring up children"

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "We raise children."

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    "We bring up children"
    As I understand it, Americans raise children and British people bring up children.

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    And...we rear children.
    We tend to rear cattle or chickens or horses etc.

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We tend to rear cattle or chickens or horses etc.
    Is it common for all Americans or it differs from state to state?

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    I think the animals vary from state to state, but "rear" is normally used for animals, not children - unless you wish to imply a slightly different meaning, such as the suggestion that the children were rather wild!

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Language, as a rule, has few, if any, clear cut boundaries. This is very true in America where people tend to move frequently. I would say that all three (raise, bring up and rear) are fairly common throughout the country. I was taught that you raise an animal and rear a child. I believe that, "to rear a child", is used more in the Mid-Atlantic area - south of New York. In the mountainous region one can still hear archaic English terms, some going back to the 15th Century or earlier.
    Well put

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    Re: raise vs bring up

    I think I hear "raise" and "bring up" about equally.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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