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17 / 11 / 2008

RAISE EXPRESSIONS-1: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend.

As I said last Thursday, to finish up our review of the differences between raise, rise and arise, this week we will look at some expression that use raise and rise. Today and tomorrow we are going to cover a few expressions with the verb to RAISE.

Today's first expression is: to raise somebody's spirits

Meaning: to make someone feel more cheerful or brave.

Example 1:
Yesterday, the sunny weather really raised my spirits. I felt great.

Example 2:
His wife began feeling better after weeks of being ill. That really raised his spirits.

Today's second expression is: to raise your glass (to somebody)

Meaning: to hold up your glass and wish someone happiness, health, good luck, etc. before you drink. To toast to someone.

Example 3:
His best man (padrino or testigo) at the wedding raised his glass to the newlyweds (recién casados).

Example 4:
She raised her glass in a toast to the newly elected president.

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