Jul 30th, 2008, 04:03 am
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Join Date: Oct 8th, 2006
| | Re: Pay rise or Pay raise?
All OK in the right context -examples from the British national corpus
a) pay rise / raise
is a UK / US variation.
used after raise often tends to have a poetic /archaic feel, often biblical. Eg : Ask the Lord to raise up His peacemakers.
However, it is also found in other contexts : When approached by a possible killer they hide their real heads and raise up the tips of their tails.
In your example, as a British speaker I'd say Put your hands up
so the problem doesn't occur
, but googling produced 426,000 entries for raise your hands
as opposed to 24,500 for raise up your hands
used after rise
again occurs in poetic contexts -But, as he rode, a terrible curiosity began to rise up in him and prick him like a gimlet
- but is more common than raise up
in other contexts. Examples : Slowly rise up, lowering your heels to the floor;The people would rise up,'; Mann said excitedly ; When they persisted in calling on Iraq's Shia majority to rise up and overthrow his Sunni-based regime, he was forced into war.
The last two examples show a common use - rise up
meaning to revolt against