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17 / 02 / 2006

EDUCATE vs. RAISE: meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we explained the difference between the adjectives EDUCATED (someone who has received a good education) and POLITE (someone who behaves courteously). Today we are going to learn the difference between the verbs TO EDUCATE and TO RAISE. Both words are often used to refer to children. TO EDUCATE It means: to teach someone or provide education or schooling to someone. It is often used in the passive form (to be educated somewhere or by someone). Example 1: Jeremy was educated in a strict boarding school, whereas his sister had quite a progressive education. Example 2: My parents, my brothers and sisters and I all had Mrs. Kelly as a primary school teacher. She has educated generations of children in this town. TO RAISE It means: to care for, teach and socialize a child at home. A synonym for this verb is to bring up a child. It is usually done by parents or guardians (tutores legales). Example 3 My parents raised me to be polite and considerate of others. Example 4 Do you think that children today are being raised with different values than in the past? From the above examples, you can see that the Spanish word educar is a false friend that means raise when it refers to the relationship between parents and guardians and their children. We only use the verb educated when it is related to teachers and students. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy your weekend!

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