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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Some issues __________ with the new teacher in class yesterday.

The banks _________ interest rates last week.

I'm very tired. I'm going to _______ down in bed.

Police Officer: Please _______ your gun on the table slowly.
Mr. E: Yes sir, I will put it down on the table.

Jimmy was well-behaved and spoke very politely. His parents did a great job ________ him.

Police Officer: Mr. E, ________ your hands above your head!
Mr. E: Yes sir, I will lift my arms above my head.

No problems _________ during Mr. E's arrest. He cooperated with every instruction he was given.

Sandra: I don't believe you. Everything you say is a ______.
Billy: I'm telling the truth, I swear!

When the judge enters the courtroom, everyone must _______.


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156 Comments on “Confusing English: LIE or LAY? RAISE, RISE, or ARISE?”


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Hello James .
Thank for this lesson .

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

thanks james teacher for the lesson

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Nice lesson James and spectaculer explanation. Thank’s, you are very cool.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Hello world! Hello James! First of all, thanks for your lesson.
I have a question
Can I say “Please leave the book on the table”?
That’s correct too?

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

    Yes, you can.

    Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

      you can say also put it down on the table

      Thursday, September 15th 2016

Thank you very much James!!
This lesson was really useful for me, specially the lie/lay part ;)
Thanks for making it easy and fun!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Great lesson ! Thanks

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

I enjoyed. That is very useful and helpful. Great.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Fantastic! You make easy even the most difficult topics…! You are one of the best teacher I’ve ever had…! Thank you very much, James…!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thank you it was a marvellous lesson I’ve got a lot from it .
If anyone feels practicing his aptitude of English with me please
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Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Dear James,
Thanks for the good lesson. Now I have clearly understood their different meanings and their usage in English. English language is a funny but truly interesting language to learn.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

It’s a useful lesson :-) thank you very much!!!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Nice one! Thanks, James!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

it was difficult.but we learned a lot.great thanks

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thanks to you I understood the different meanings between these five verbs and I had got nine points at the quiz. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

thank you James, it’s a very useful video.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

    and this video raises our knowledge :D

    Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

you are a great teacher

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

can you do a lesson of street slang

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

I’ve watched several videos of this topic before. And only you made it clear for me! Thank you!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

great lesson

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thank you for making It so easy to understand

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Hi Jamse,
you are awesome….. great lesson …great explanation

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thanks James for this lesson, it is very interesting. It was a little bit confusing for me, those verbs are a bit hard to learn, but you cleared it up for me.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

First of all , a lot of thanks to u Sir for the inevitable information . let me come to the point, here i have got a doubt which is not related to this topic.Even then, I hope the doubt i have will be revealed by you. the doubt is like this -” what are the things we want follow while learning English ?” how can we change the question mentioned above from interrogative sentences to assertive sentences. I think whether it can be changed as this – They want to get to know what the things are we want follow while learning English or They get to know what the things we want follow while learning English are .please define which of these is the right one and elaborate why it is so. Hope you will correct it. Sir ,I have asked many but no one has given me the answer. please consider this as important.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Yes,yes and once more yes! You are the best teacher!)

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thanks a lot, James.Exellent job.However, I have an issue with this sentence “I got a pay raise last week”. I think “a pay rose by itself”, and not I raised the pay.Sorry,I really got mixed up))It’s really difficult for me to understand

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

    “Raise” as a noun means “salary increase”, that’s why we say “pay raise”. Just remember that, very simple.

    Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

      Thanks! Now I got it over. It’s really easy.

      Wednesday, February 24th 2016

A very interesting lesson. thanks James for your efferts .

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

    may we help each other
    Miramis

    Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thanks a lot,James.Great lesson as usual.But I have a question about the word “rise”.I saw somebody use it as:”I’ve got a pay rise.”IS this usage correct?

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

a nice lesson…

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

How interesting this lesson! Thank you James.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Very good lesson, James. Thanks.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

James, you’re cool guy, I’d like to watch more your videos.)

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

you are a great teacher>> Can you please increase the visibility of the words on the blackboard in the video

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Dear Sir, I got 100 out of 100. Thank you kindly.h

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Perfect lesson. Congratulation again.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

That lesson was missing in my knowledge. It was very clear, helped a lot my English.

Thank you so much, James! My mood always raises when I’m watching you. I’ll sure rise above. ;)

See you, bro! ;*
Keep growing!

My score was 8/9. I’m glad. :D

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

    Your mood always “rises” when you watch him. I don’t want to make this more complicated, it’s already confusing enough, but that’s just the way it is.

    Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

      Mmm!

      Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

        Think about the tip James gave us: transitive and intransitive verb. Raise is a transitive one. Rise is intransitive. Your mood rises by itself, as we rise by ourselves. If you say: “My mood always raises […]” you need to complement the phrase. What does your mood raise?

        Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Nice presentation…Thanks James!!!…

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

thaaaanks james, your lesson was perfect!

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Mr. James, you’re such a great teacher! I really like the way you teach. I understand every lesson that you have. Keep up the good work sir. I do admire you

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

thanks for your lesson Mr.Jame and Mr.E. It is very useful. Your lesson raise my english skill up.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

At long last I have understood! 100%-score in the test!!! Thank you very much :)

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Hello.thank you so much for a great teaching. learning with you is so fun.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

I like this video very much because it helps us to figure out some similar words. James’s talking is very interesting and easy to understanding. I think it worth to share. I was shared it to my Facebook.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

i wouldl like to go back this lesson

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thank you for a really informative and useful lesson. No bad feelings, but I just want to inform you that in British English they say “pay rise”, not “pay raise”. So I think we, international English learners, can use both variations.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

    He didn’t mention any phrasal verb (pay rise) – he was talking about simple verbs.

    He didn’t mention wages or salaries & the money we get – he was talking about
    prices & the money we pay.

    And finally he had no purpose to discuss british-american-languige-differences (which he is certainly aware of).

    pay rise = an increase in WAGE or SALARY (pay raise – N. American)

    raise = lift or move to a higher position or level (including prices) – James’ lesson point

    Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thank a lot! Your lessons are so intresting!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Good lesson teacher, thank you!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

James, you are a magnificent teacher. Incredible!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thanks.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thank you for your lesson, I learn something news and we will rise for the national anthem together.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Very difficult subject, but your lesson was so clear! Now I have to practice.
I suggest to prepare another lesson about same words, with new examples.
…Now the test ;-((
Thanks a lot, James!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Very interesting and fun lesson, James. Thanks a lot! Studying the topic, I found out that the verb lie (meaning not to tell the truth) is a regular verb. These words are really confusing!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thank you James,

Very difficult lesson I have ever had! Can you repeat it ?

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thank you so much Mr. James :)

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Very good lesson!!Thanks!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

    Yes. I agree with you… Good lesson. These are really confusing words when we are using them. If you would like to try your English language skills you would get in touch with me. No problem.

    Thursday, March 10th 2016

Do tell me the type of error and correction in this sentence?
we took a tent, a cooler, and a sleeping bag.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Great lesson, as usual. Thanks, Sir James.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

Thanks James! you always make me laugh and learn!

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

It’s difficult for me but thank you, James

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Very well explained, slow enough and comprehensible! :) I would only add that LIE in present participle is LYING. It’s tricky, so be careful:
She is lying in her bed. She was lying to me.

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Hi James, Good lesson!
I’ve viewed your videos and I like a lot the way that you teach. Thanks!!!

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Thanks Mr. James for your great and clear presentation about these often confused words!

It arose some initial doubts, but now I can lay my head on the pillows with relieve. You helped me a lot to finally understand the difference about these words, I am not lying.

Friday, February 26th 2016

I have a little doubt, I’m a little embarrassed to ask it. Why do you say “get laid” and not “get lain”?

I want James to answer it, but it’s OK if someone else do. But, I kind of prefer to know it by James. Okay? :D

Toodles!

Friday, February 26th 2016

Dear James Thank Your Very Much for Teaching nice lesson

Friday, February 26th 2016

i got all correct , thanks James

Saturday, February 27th 2016

Maybe English is a bit strange language but Russian is much much more crazier :)

Saturday, February 27th 2016

    i have a strong sensation, that all languages have theirs particulars) it’s just why so tough to study forein language all in all. And yes – during time it takes for lerning forein language you really understand your own language much better (and mismatches in it respectly))

    Saturday, March 5th 2016

Hello! Thank you for an interesting lesson! It is difficult to use the words which are similar to each other.

Sunday, February 28th 2016

I only get seven points at the quiz, it makes me feel disappointed. I think I should watch it again.

Sunday, February 28th 2016

James , you’re awesome .

Sunday, February 28th 2016

Thank you so much for the lesson, Sir!

Sunday, February 28th 2016

It was difficult but very useful, thanks.

Sunday, February 28th 2016

FUNtastic lessons, James. Thank you!

Monday, February 29th 2016

Very good explanation!!!!

Monday, February 29th 2016

Thank you so much James for such a fun and handy lesson.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

thanks a million….

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

It’s not easy for me . I can understand how to use these but I can’t pronounce it correctly. Thank you for your lesson.

Thursday, March 3rd 2016

Thank you 8/9 not bad being that I always get these words mixed up Thank you again

Saturday, March 5th 2016

Hi,James,
Your lectures are wonderful! May I have your e-mail address?

Sincerely yours,

David

Saturday, March 5th 2016

Hey James! Thank you for the lesson. I wanted to tell you that you have great skills to teach. This topic is kind of difficult and you made it easier to learn. Keep doing this.

Sunday, March 6th 2016

I needed to see the lesson two times, but now I learned it a little. Only practing a lot we will learn correctly.

Sunday, March 6th 2016

Thank you so much james شكراً ♥

Sunday, March 6th 2016

thanks it is really good

Monday, March 7th 2016

i just wanna say thank you! Thanks James

Monday, March 7th 2016

thank you james =} i got a 9 out of 9

Monday, March 7th 2016

I can’t help myself laughing that your expressions James. :)))))

God Bless you …

Wednesday, March 9th 2016

I love this guy already. He is awesome! :D
I’m looking forward to watch your other lessons, James!

I got 8 out of 9. Not that bad I think. :)

Wednesday, March 9th 2016

Great lesson, thanks a lot.
Would you mind explaining the differences of FEAR, AFRAID, SCARE, FRIGHTEN?
When to use these in a sentence?

Thursday, March 10th 2016

Thank you. Jame

Thursday, March 10th 2016

I hope that there is a way we can download your all your video lessons. so that we have the opportunity to review ourselves and will serve as our reference even if we are not online. Great lesson!! I got 8 out of 9 in the quiz!! whoah..

Friday, March 11th 2016

Great lesson. Thanks

Monday, March 14th 2016

Yeah! Got a perfect on this one. Very well explined james. Thsnks james and Mr.E….

Tuesday, March 15th 2016

Thanks Jamie, but I have a question; “Please … your hand if you have a question” why is answer “raise” ?

Wednesday, March 16th 2016

It was such an interesting lesson!!! Thanks!

Friday, March 18th 2016

I love this lesson!

Sunday, March 20th 2016

By the way, mag in hands of James – is it a hiden advertisment?

Monday, March 21st 2016

    I am 99.9% sure we are not getting any extra money for this. :P

    Monday, March 21st 2016

:)) it was a joke of course! I didn’t mean anything) Although my sentence was in a bit of provocative way, i admit

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

you are the best James.
Thank you for this important lesson.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

Hi James! I really enjoy watching your videos. You teach with love and this is very contagious.
I’ve been studying for an Exam in English (TKT) and I need to solve a doubt, if possible.
In one of the exercises, I had to choose the correct option about the uses of grammatical structures. The sentence was: I don’t know “if” he’s coming.
The options were:
a) talk about a condition
b) discuss a doubt
c) introduce a reported question
The right answer is letter C, but I really DID NOT understand WHY.
Could you help me, please?
Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

I do agree with the rest of the comments and must congratulate you for this lesson. It has clarified the words explained, usually confusing for non English natives. Score 9 out of 9 with some tiny help of notes. ;P. Let me encourage you with other difficult English words!.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Thank you James ….

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

James, you are great. Thanks a lot for this class!!!!

Friday, March 25th 2016

Thank you James for really alive presentation of the lesson.

Friday, March 25th 2016

Thank you James. You are wonderful to teach !

Saturday, March 26th 2016

You are an amazing teacher! Congrats for your good work! It’s easier because you are funny!

Saturday, March 26th 2016

Love it! I basically laughed the whole time because it was so funny! God bless you James!

Wednesday, March 30th 2016

Thanks a lot for this lesson! Many of my questions about these words have dissapeared!

Monday, April 4th 2016

very nice lesion

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

8/9 Thank you James. Good lesson. Lay or lie that is the question(№3)!

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

Is the next example correct?:
Something arose at the moment we rose for the national anthem, a woman raised her kid on her shoulders and he fell down.

thank you!

Tuesday, April 5th 2016

This lesion is very useful.
Thank you!

Friday, April 8th 2016

Mr E is so cute!

Sunday, April 10th 2016

Very useful. I have to admit I’m still doing mistakes with words like that (similar words), when I have to use them NOW (quickly).

Wednesday, April 13th 2016

MrJames, thanks for sharing the knowledge.

Monday, April 18th 2016

To come up is the synonym of “arise”, “occur”, “happen”, and etc. For example, whatever comes up, we will be ready and handle it as possible as we can. Right? Is there anyone who can correct me? Thank you.

Monday, April 25th 2016

wow, i got 9/9!
i did choose the words with confidence. and now i found i had choose them never knowing “why”.
thanks James, again! great teacher!

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thanks James, Now! I got everything…I’ll keep it on mind. Raise these kind of lessons.

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Awesome teaching style man i liked u

Tuesday, May 10th 2016

It’s my pleasure to take this class

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Thank you

Wednesday, May 11th 2016

Thank you James, got 9 out of 9. :D
You’re a good teacher and I laugh a lot with your explanation :))

Wednesday, May 18th 2016

10 out of 10 correct. Thank you James

Thursday, May 19th 2016

Thanks, I need practice it, but is easy to comprehension with your kind of class, thank you again.

Friday, May 20th 2016

I got perfect score,thank you.

Monday, May 23rd 2016

thank you for the lesson;you make english so easy and funny.

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Oh, they were very confusing words for me but not anymore.
Thank you hoss. Have a lovely day:)

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Honestly You’re the best teacher I’ve ever seen

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Thank you for the lesson, James! You have chosen very well this subject, since the foreingners usually get confused with theses words. Besides, I know another meaning for the verb “raise” related to animals. For example: “They raise chickens and pigs in that farm”.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

You are very artistic, James, and, as a consequence, “understandable”. Your explanations are easy for understanding and fun. I enjoy watching the lessons sort of that. Thank you!

Friday, June 3rd 2016

Hello everybody!
What about being my pen pal? I think it’s an opportunity to improve our english levels.
More then, I can tech you, an interested person, the Russian language (if you want, of cource).
We also can become colleagues, may become friends and etc.
I just learn the English, but learners can help to up each other’s knowledges.
And a friendship with foreingers is the most beautiful thing!
What do you say, humans? Give me your answers: golikov.zabvevatel@yandex.ru

Friday, June 3rd 2016

    Hello, Danila! I am also looking for a person who I can practise my English with. Are you interested in speaking by Skype? I will send you an e-mai now. See you!

    Sunday, June 5th 2016

Hi James! Thank you very much ! You are a excellent teach!

Saturday, June 4th 2016

thank you very much

Thursday, June 9th 2016

You are very funny and we love you too!

Monday, June 27th 2016

it’s a very good lesson. thank you very much

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

OMG. after many views I got this lesson.. So good! So hard!

Thursday, July 7th 2016

it won’t be enough how i thank you for this lesson. Because, finally i grasped this what are the differences among these words; lie,lay, rise and raise. And i am sharing same thought with you about this guy probably dead who has invented english. Darn tootin he’d laugh ass off. And i’ve been wondering since that day i’ve arisen out of my mother’s womb, who was this guy? Of course i am lying from where i lay down. i am not wondering this guy. if i were him, i’d do same thing. Also my best wishes is going to him for that. :) i’d like to rise out of my couch but i just lay my laptop on the table and watched your lesson. Again, thank you, that was one of those your funny and educative videos. i just tried what i learnt today. i didn’t want to be mean. ;)

Sunday, August 7th 2016

i love the way you teach..you are raising my english…

Monday, August 15th 2016

Dear Teacher,
I am confused the way of use of two words: Degree Celsius and Celsius Degree.
Before, i used Celsius degree but,sometimes, people say that it’s Degree Celsius. So, I don’t know exactly which one is correct. Besides that, in Oxford Dictionary, it’s Celsius degree.
But it said that this is used for Kelvin scale only.
Could you please explain to me which one is correct?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you very much.

Monday, August 22nd 2016

Thank you James for your lesson. It has been helping me a lot.

Thursday, September 1st 2016

9/9.James, I am very thankful for the lesson and your clear and professional explanation.

Monday, September 12th 2016

thanks for the lesson it helps me so much

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

I love the material, however the test seemed to be too easy for me. It did not include past forms of “lay” and “lie” :(

Sunday, September 18th 2016

hi, James.. Can you teach bout “Arise” again?

Friday, September 23rd 2016
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