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Common Error: "Grow" vs. "Grow Up"

Hello, and welcome to Mistake Monday! Actually, I guess at this late hour, I’ll have to call it “Mistake Monday Tuesday”! It’s been a busy day and my schedule just changed, so please pardon the delay. In fact, I may have to start posting these common errors on Tuesdays, but we’ll see. For now, let’s look at a quick error. It’s pretty small, but it’s one I hear surprisingly frequently:

Common Error: Confusing “grow” and “grow up”
DON’T say this: Those palm trees really grow up quickly, don’t they?
“When I grow I’m going to be a firefighter,” said Jenny.
I hope to grow up in my new job.
My grandmother always grew up tomatoes in her garden.
WHY? -Generally, the verb “grow” means to become larger, bigger, or to get more experience.
-We can also use the verb grow when talking about agriculture; if you plant a seed, then you want it to grow.
-On the other hand, “grow up” means to become older (to age).
-Both verbs are irregular; the pattern is grow-grew-grown.
INSTEAD, SAY THIS: -“Those palm trees really grow quickly, don’t they?”
-“‘When I grow up I’m going to be a firefighter,’ said Jenny.”
-“I hope to grow in my new job.”
-“My grandmother always grew tomatoes in her garden.”

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One Comment

  1. Henry
    On August 3, 2011 at 1:47 am Reply

    Hi teacher Ryan this is very useful to me, now I know the diference between grow up and grow …thankyou

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