Confusing Words: Raise vs. Rise, Job vs. Work

The difference between Raise vs. Rise; Job vs. Work in English.

Job vs. Work

“Work” and “job” are two words that have similar yet different meanings. Although they are used interchangeably, their meanings may differ according to how they are used.

a. Job

  • “Job” is a regular activity that you do; an occupation, a profession.
  • You receive money for this activity,
  • Job is a REGULAR NOUN

Examples:

  • I love my job. It helps people become fluent in English.
  • Do you have a full-time job?

Job vs. Work

b. Work

The word “work” is more general than job. Work refers to the activities done to accomplish a goal

  • Work can be done both inside an official job and outside a job.
  • Work can be a Verb and an UNCOUNTABLE Noun.

Examples:

  • work from 8:00 Am to 5:00 Pm every day. (“Work” is used as a Verb)
  • I am very busy this week because I have so much work to do. (Work is used as an Uncountable Noun)

Raise vs. Rise

The difference between the words rise and raise can be confusing to many individuals, especially those who are trying to learn the English language. This is because both words have basically the same meaning—they refer to something that will go up.

a. Raise

“Raise” must have an object, as it is a transitive verb. It is a regular verb; its three forms are raise, raised, raised:

Examples:

  • Raise your hand if you know the answer.
  • Our favourite restaurant has raised its prices again. It’s getting very expensive.
  • The government plans to raise the age of retirement from 65 to 67.
  • If you have a question, please raise your hand.
  • Mary raises her voice when she’s angry.
  • He raised his eyebrows, as if surprised.
  • They have raised their prices every year since they were founded.
  • The king’s men were raising the drawbridge when it collapsed.

Raise vs. Rise

b. Rise

“Rise” does not take an object, as it is an intransitive verb. It is an irregular verb; its three forms are rise, rose, risen:

Examples:

  • The sun rose at 5.30 this morning.
  • Rents have risen sharply in this part of town.
  • If it doesn’t stop raining, the river will rise and overflow.
  • Hot air rises.
  • John rose from his chair when Mary walked in.
  • Jane has risen in her company very quickly and is now CEO.
  • Prices are rising all the time.

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