Misused Words: Rise, Raise, and Raze

It can be easy to get confused with rise and raise because their definitions are similar. So, here is today’s tip:


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Rise is a verb that means to ascend (usually to a higher position). The verb tenses are rise, rose, risen.

For Example: The author rose and recited her most recently written poem.

For Example: I often rise early during the summer months.


Raise is a verb that means to lift. However, to raise isn’t just about physical lifting. The verb tenses are raise, raised, raised.

For Example: My in-laws had to raise their house after Superstorm Sandy.

For Example: It is not easy to raise children in today’s troubled times.

For Example: Her essay on the writings of James Joyce raised more questions than it answered.


Raze is a verb that means to destroy. It also means to scrape. (Alternatively, it is spelled rased.) It is not as common as it used to be but you will see this word now and again.

For Example: The farmer has to raze the old barn.

For Example: The workers must raze the ice from highway before it gets too dangerous.

For Example: It is a horrible fact that many trees are razed to the ground because of forest fires.

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Books Read in November 2016

Well, I downloaded a lot of books in November but I don’t feel like I read very much this month. The time really seemed to get away from me.


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The main book I read, is a book called God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah. It is a history book that I read with my son for his home school.

Another book I read was Writing a Book a Week: How to Profit with Self-Publishing. The idea and the process of writing a book a week is a little overwhelming for me at this time in my life, but I did glean some good tips.

All my other related reading was also with or for Andrew’s school. I did, however, participate in several webinars and virtual workshops that included reading material. 🙂

Hopefully, I will be able to read more in December. My plan is to get most of my Christmas shopping/chores done early so I am not feeling the pressure toward the end of the month.

Now it’s your turn. What have you been reading this month? Do share!


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Wishing You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so grateful for all of you who read this blog and for those whom I have been able to connect with off and online! I wish each and every one of you (and your families) a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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