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What is The Past Tense of Rise

The verb “rise” refers to the action of something either getting up from a sitting position (or lying down, or kneeling), or simply moving from a lower position to a higher one.

It is not to be confused with the verb “raise” which while holding similar meanings, refers more to the act of someone or something moving something else to a higher position.

The past tense of “rise” is “rose” and the past participle is “risen.”

What is the past tense of “rise”?

Rise (verb):

(1) Get up from a sitting, kneeling or lying down position

(2) Move from a lower position to a higher one

  • Infinitive                     to rise
  • Simple Past                rose
  • Past Participle             risen

Conjugation Table of “rise”

 PronounInfinitiveSimple PastPresent PerfectPresent Continuous
Iriserosehave risenam rising
You (sing.)riserosehave risenare rising
He/She/Itrisesrosehas risenis rising
Weriserosehave risenare rising
You (pl.)riserosehave risenare rising
Theyriserosehave risenare rising

Example Sentences of “rise”

(1) Get up from a sitting, kneeling or lying down position

  • He rose from his chair in anger while bashing his fist on the table
  • Suddenly, the man rose up brandishing a knife
  • When its owner returned home, the dog rose quickly from its place in front of the fire to run and greet her

(2) Move from a lower position to a higher one

  • The sun is rising higher and higher in the sky
  • You have risen in the ranks quite rapidly in this company, congratulations!
  • He sat and watched and his bread slowly started to rise in the oven
  • Some magicians claim to be able to “levitate” which means they claim the ability to rise off the ground unaided
What is the past tense of rise

Focus: Past Tense of Rise

To give you more insight into the many ways we can use the verb “rise” in its past-tense forms, we have prepared more examples below. The following tenses are included in our list:

  • Simple past
  • Present perfect
  • Past continuous
  • Past perfect

Simple Past of “rise”

  • We rose from our beds early in the morning so that we could catch the train on time
  • He rose from the dinner table, not quite able to believe what he had just heard
  • The kite rose higher and higher until we could barely see it

Present Perfect of “rise”

  • Those young women have risen fast in their chosen profession. It’s great to see!
  • Prices have risen far faster than our salaries can keep up with, so it’s a big problem
  • I have risen late today because I slept late last night

Past Continuous of “rise”

  • You were rising to the top of your company’s leadership, but then you made some bad decisions
  • The bread was rising steadily in the oven when the power suddenly went out
  • Temperatures were rising day by day as the summer inched closer

Past Perfect of “rise”

  • If you had risen earlier in the morning, you wouldn’t have missed your train, would you?
  • You had risen from your seat and were totally red-faced! I’ve never seen you so angry before

Understanding the Verb “Rise”

The word “rise” hails from Old English “rīsan,” implying an upward movement or increase. It can be used in contexts ranging from the sun coming up to getting out of bed or a hike in prices.

Phrasal Verbs with “Rise”

  1. Rise to the occasion: To show that one can deal with a challenging situation successfully.
    • The team really rose to the occasion and won the championship.
    • Despite the pressure, she rose to the occasion and delivered an outstanding presentation.
  2. Rise above: To not allow oneself to be hurt or controlled by something negative.
    • He always rises above petty gossip.
    • To be a leader, you must rise above personal grievances.
  3. Rise against: To oppose or resist authority, control, or tradition.
    • The citizens rose against the oppressive regime.
    • Workers are rising against the unfair policies.

Common Mistakes with “Rise”

  • Incorrect: The sun has rose already.
  • Correct: The sun has risen already
  • .Incorrect: The prices are rising up.
  • Correct: The prices are rising.

We also have a full list of irregular verbs from A – Z on the site which you can access from the link here.

You can check other past tense words by clicking on the links in the table below.

Table 2: Table of Links for irregular Past Tense Verbs

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Be careful not to confuse this irregular verb with raise, although they are similar in meaning ( with a slight difference) they are not similar in their past tense form which you can check out in the table above. The past tense of rise is rose, and the past participle is risen.

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