Raise up

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Familiar? Yup, this is an extract from the song, “You Raise Me Up“, sung by Josh Groban. This post does not teach you to sing or interpret the song.

In English, the word “raise” should not be used with the preposition “up” because “raise” means increase or “up“. So there’s no need to add the preposition.


  • He was raised by a wealthy family. (√)
    He was raised up by a wealthy family. (X)
  • Members raised a crucial point at the meeting. (√)
    Members raised up a crucial point at the meeting. (X)
  • The rental was raised by 10% effective this month. (√)
    The rental was raised up by 10% effective this month. (X)

Take note that in songs and literary works (e.g. poetry), composers and poets have the license to break all grammar rules.  Lucky people.