Gives rise to

A document included a sentence stating that some circumstance in the matter “gives rise to” some legal consequence. Nothing wrong with that, but Microsoft Word’s grammar checker’s green underline didn’t like it. Its suggestion? “Gives raise to”. What kind of grammar suggestion is that? “Gives raise to” is grammatical only in contexts of headlines about pay increases, which situation certainly occurs, but wasn’t the case here. It could only be “gives rise to” here.

In fact, the more I searched, the more occurrences of “gives raise to” in place of “gives rise to” I found. People actually write “gives raise to”, albeit a tiny percentage of those who write “gives rise to”. But I’ll say “it’s wrong”, and a grammar checker simply shouldn’t be suggesting it. What do the people who compile the rules for this grammar checker do all day?

Fair enough, “gives rise to” is an unusual phrase, but it’s perfectly established.


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