Confusing English Word Lesson: Grow vs. Grow Up

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Confusing English Word Lesson Grow vs. Grow Up

A lot of students have trouble using grow and grow up.  Today, I am going to show you the difference between these words and how they are used in an English conversation.

Grow means live when we talk about plants:

  • Cactus plants grow in Arizona.
  • I saw palm trees growing in Floria.
  • Does bamboo grow in cold climates?

We use grow as a transitive verb to show that someone plants and raises flowers or vegetable plants.

  • Jane grows herbs and vegetables in her garden.
  • My uncle grows roses.
  • The farmers in Long Island grow grapes which are used to make wine.

We also use grow to mean that some living thing is becoming bigger or older. We can also use grow to talk about a business or a project that is becoming bigger or more successful

  • The sunflower plants grow quickly in July and August.
  • The puppies are growing and are almost ready for their new homes.
  • Jack’s company is growing so much they have hired a lot of new staff.

We use grow up to talk about children becoming physically bigger and emotionally mature. Keep in mind that grow up is only used for people, not animals nor plants.

  • I grew up in New York, so I love this city!
  • When Tommy Jr. grows up, he wants to be a doctor like his father.
  • Toshi was born in Tokyo, but grew up in Texas.

Where did you grow up? Do you grow anything in your garden? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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