|'hire' / 'rent', 'rise' / 'raise', 'drive' / 'ride'|
Beeker from the Netherlands asks:
from Hong Kong asks:
Mishra from India writes:
hire or rent?
meaning is the same: to rent or hire something, you
pay money in order to be allowed to use it for a limited amount
of time. It is simply a matter of usage. With some nouns you can
use one or the other ?it doesn't matter which as both are freely
used. You can: rent or hire cars, bikes, electronic
(However, note the difference in use, depending on whether it is used as a verb or a noun: ‘flats to rent? but ‘bikes for hire?
hire some help (i.e people), tools, equipment:
rise or raise?
verbs which are similar in meaning: to move to a higher position.
The essential difference is that raise is a transitive verb
which needs an object to complete its meaning and rise is
intransitive, it functions without an object and is sometimes followed
by a phrase of time or place. Compare the following:
drive or ride?
Anything with four or more wheels (like a car, a bus, a lorry or a train) we drive; anything with two wheels or that we straddle (like a horse, a bike, motorbike or scooter) we ride, (even though you need a driving licence to ride a motorbike. In a recent court case, a judge in Britain has ruled that riders of go-peds ?those tiny scooters which have a very small engine at the back ?will also need to have a driving licence to ride them on the roads.)Consider the following:
Note that when we are passengers rather than drivers, we ride in cars and trains, but we tend to ride on buses.