Web Blog of Connie Vines, author or multi-genre fiction. Awards: H.O.L.T. Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Orange Rose, Award of Excellence--Contemporary Romance; Independent eBook Award, Dream Realm Award. National Book Award and Frankfurt Book Award, nominee--YA Historical Fiction. Blog includes guest bloggers and snippets of WIP.
Do raise and rise mean the same thing, or is there
It’s hard to believe, but the answer to both of the questions posed is yes.
Both words technically mean the same thing (to move upwards), but there is a
difference in how you should use each one.
Riseis intransitive verb
and does not take an object. What this means is that you use the verb rise
when something moves upwards by itself.
The sun rises every morning.
I rise out of bed quickly when the smell of freshly cooked bacon is in the air.
these examples, the subjects (“the sun” and “I”) move upward on their own,
without the physical help of an outside force (though the smell of bacon
certainly helps in its own way).
Raise, on the other hand,
is a transitive verb that requires that the subject act upon an object. In
other words, something raises something else.
The Boy Scouts raised money to offset the cost of their next
I raised my hand in the meeting to ask, “Why isn’t there any bacon here?”
the first sentence, the Boy scouts (subject) raised money (object). In the
second, I (subject) raised my hand (object).
constructing your sentence, just look to see if the subject rises on its own or
if it’s raising something else. This will help you determine which verb to use.
Q: I don’t understand the difference between who and whom. Can
you please explain to me, in simple terms, how to differentiate between the
confusion between who and whom is one of the most common problems
writers face. It can be tricky to find the correct use, and sometimes you may
feel like locating the person who invented both words and smacking him upside
his head. But there is a difference.
Who is used as the
subject of a verb or complement of a linking verb. It’s a nominative pronoun. It
was Carl who broke all the pencils in the house. When writing a sentence,
first find the verb(s)—was and broke. Then, find the subject for
each verb: Carl and who. Since who is a subject, it’s
correct. Who needs a crayon to write this down?
Whom is used as the object
of the verb or the object of a preposition. It’s an objective pronoun. You
asked whom to the dance? In this case, the subject and verb are “You
asked.” The pronoun following the verb is the object of the verb, therefore whom
is correct. He’s already going to the prom with whom? This pronoun is
the object of the preposition with, so whom is the right pick. Be
careful, though. Make sure the prepositional pronoun in question isn’t also a
subject—if it is, then you use who. For example, I cheered for who
played hardest. While the pronoun follows a preposition (for), it’s also
the subject of the second verb (played). When placed as a subject, always use who.
way to remember is to check to see which pronoun can replace the questionable
word. It’s a little trick I learned back in elementary school: If it can be
replaced with “he,” you use who; if “him” fits better, use whom.
Sometimes you may need to split the sentence to see it. For example, It was
Carl—he broke all the pencils in the house.Who should be used here.
You asked him to the dance?Whom is the correct choice.
when in doubt on the “who whom” debacle, recast the sentence to avoid the issue
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