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    raise VS is rasing!

    Teacher:Who do want to answer this question?
    Students: Me, me, me
    The students raise their hand to answer the question.
    The students are raising their hand to answer the question.
    Which one is correct?
    Which one is more grammartical? And why?

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    #2

    Re: raise VS is rasing!

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Teacher: Who do want wants to answer this question?
    Students: Me, me, me!
    The students raise their hand to answer the question.
    The students are raising their hand to answer the question.

    Which one is correct?
    Which one is more grammartical grammatical and why?
    I can see no reason for the present continuous there.

    I would use "hands", not "hand". Even though each child raises only one hand, if several students raise one hand, there are several hands in the air. Using the singular is not wrong, it just sounds unnatural (in BrE).

    Note my other corrections to your post above, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: raise VS is rasing!

    Thank you emsr2d2 your correction,

    but,
    I'm using the present continue tense because I translated into Chinese from English.
    It's making sense. Because they are raising their hands to wait the teacher choosing them.

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    Re: raise VS is rasing!

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Thank you, emsr2d2, for your corrections.

    but, However, I'm using I used the present continue continuous tense because I translated it into Chinese from English (I think you mean "from Chinese into English").

    It's making It makes sense to me because they are raising their hands to wait for the teacher choosing to choose them.
    Sometimes it's appropriate to write in the present continuous but I don't think it's necessary there. The sentence is not grammatically incorrect, it's just unnatural in that context.

    You will notice that in my corrections above, I changed both your uses of the present continuous to a different tense. Except in Indian English, the continuous is not used as frequently as some grammar books (and non-native teachers) would have you believe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: raise VS is rasing!

    Polyester, do you mean the sentence is spoken when the students are raising their hands?

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    #6

    Re: raise VS is rasing!

    If that turns out to be the case, my answer would be different. However, I can see nothing in post #1 that suggests that "The students raise/are raising their hand ..." is intended to be part of the dialogue. The first two lines are dialogue, clearly marked by "Teacher: ..." and "Students ..." but the other two sentences are, in my opinion, meant to be a written description of what happened after the dialogue has taken place.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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