Raising vs. Rising

I saw a reference to a “raising bubble apparatus” to measure pressure, volume and temperature (PVT) behavior of fluids. It should have been “rising bubble.”

Sometimes people make this error because they are typing too fast and leave out a letter. Other times they just don’t understand the difference between the two.
Today we are going to talk about the difference between the two, and we’ll learn about transitive and intransitive verbs in the process.

To raise is a transitive verb, which means it needs an object. You have to raise something, transferring the action to the object. To raise means to lift, elevate, build, erect, grow or increase.

Raise your hand if you know the answer. (lift or elevate, object = hand)

They used to raise cotton in that oilfield. (grow or bring to maturity, object = cotton)

They plan to raise a skyscraper next to those houses. (build or erect, object = skyscraper)

That gas station raised its prices during the holidays. (increase, object = prices)

To rise is an intransitive verb, which means there is no object. The thing moves upward without assistance.

Hot air rises, while cooler air sinks.

Whenever there is a situation, Bob rises to the occasion.

Rise and shine! It’s time to get up and go to work.

So make sure you ask your boss for a raise and not a rise. Otherwise, you’ll get a rise out of him, all right – an angry reaction!


Typo of the Day:

A high-temperature oven was sued (used) for these tests.

Boy, they’ll sue just about anything these days! Add that one to the growing list of typos Spell Checker would miss.


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