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correct verb choice: [raised/brought up again] the incident and his words Options
robjen
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:42:28 PM
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I have made up the two scenarios below.



Scenario 1

Suppose that you and your friend, Mary, have just interviewed your ex-coworker, David, who wanted a job at your company. After he has left, Mary says something to you about him.



(1) Mary said, "Do you remember David?"

I replied, "He looks familiar."

She said, "At least fifteen years ago, we both worked with him at ABC Supermarket."

I said, "Right. I remember him now."

She said, "He was fired for swearing and spitting at our manager."

I said, "I remember that. I'm glad you brought up/raised that incident again."



Scenario 2

Suppose that you are talking to your cousin that you need money to make your mortgage payment.

(2) I said, "I lost my job six months ago. I'm running out of savings. What should I do?"

He said, "I wish I could help. I lost my last month too. Don't worry. I remember that our uncle said he's always willing to help us with anything."

I said, "I'm glad you brought up/raised his words again."



In both scenarios, which verb, brought up or raised, should I use? Thank you very much for your help.

FounDit
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:37:36 PM

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robjen wrote:
I have made up the two scenarios below.



Scenario 1

Suppose that you and your friend, Mary, have just interviewed your ex-coworker, David, who wanted a job at your company. After he has left, Mary says something to you about him.



(1) Mary said, "Do you remember David?"

I replied, "He looks familiar."

She said, "At least fifteen years ago, we both worked with him at ABC Supermarket."

I said, "Right. I remember him now."

She said, "He was fired for swearing and spitting at our manager."

I said, "I remember that. I'm glad you brought up/raised that incident again."



Scenario 2

Suppose that you are talking to your cousin that you need money to make your mortgage payment.

(2) I said, "I lost my job six months ago. I'm running out of savings. What should I do?"

He said, "I wish I could help. I lost my last month too. Don't worry. I remember that our uncle said he's always willing to help us with anything."

I said, "I'm glad you brought up/raised his words again."



In both scenarios, which verb, brought up or raised, should I use? Thank you very much for your help.

Neither one sound very natural to me. There are two problems I see. One is that word "again". This indicates the subject has been brought up/raised on an earlier occasion, but that isn't mentioned, so "again" feels wrong.

Secondly, what I would normally say in both scenarios is, "I'm glad you brought that up". I would use "brought" because it is "brought" forward from the past. I would generally use "raise(d)" for something new, such as "raising" an issue that needs to be resolved before moving on with some project, or idea.

But if these are your only choices, then I would go with "brought up", for the reason I mentioned: it's brought from the past.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:46:27 PM

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I agree with FounDit - "again" is misleading.
She brought it up. She didn't bring it up again - they hadn't spoken about it earlier.

However, much more commonly you will hear "I'm glad you mentioned that."

If you want to use "raised" or "brought up" then "I'm glad you brought that up" sounds definitely better than the alternatives, as FounDit also says.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:25:28 PM

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Most people would say, "I'm glad you mentioned it." Or something very similar.
IMO

Edit-
Oh, I see Dragonspeaker already mentioned this. Two point for Dragonspeaker!
georgew
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:58:18 PM

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Wilmar (USA) 1M wrote:
Most people would say, "I'm glad you mentioned it." Or something very similar.
IMO

Edit-
Oh, I see Dragonspeaker already mentioned this. Two point for Dragonspeaker!


Agree. "Mentioned" would have been my choice.

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