What is the past tense of rise
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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

 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

(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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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