Surely, if one grows here, these years will without doubt be the best in their lives

Is this sentence correct?

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    "grows up" , if anything. I assume that you are speaking of children. – Wottensprels Jul 15 '15 at 7:29
  • Yes its about kids and adults. – Neha Jul 15 '15 at 8:46

In AmE, we usually say that plants grow (intransitive) or that someone grows them (transitive.)

However, when referring to children, we say they grow up (intransitive) or that their parents raise or rear them (transitive).

Here is an ngram chart for usage of these terms in British English:


And here is the same comparison for American English: https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=raising+children%2Crearing+children%2Cbringing+up+children%2Cbringing+children+up&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=17&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Craising%20children%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Crearing%20children%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cbringing%20up%20children%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cbringing%20children%20up%3B%2Cc0

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    In Britain whilst we raise and rear pigs, chickens, cattle, sheep (we even raise potatoes), we definitely never raise nor do we rear children. Children are brought up, and usually receive their upbringing in the home of their parents. – WS2 Jul 15 '15 at 8:22
  • Brian, thank you for the answer...Upbringing is the correct word. – Neha Jul 15 '15 at 8:48
  • Don't thank me, thank WS2. "Bringing up" is used some in America as well, but "raising" and "rearing " are also common in written works. See my edited answer. – Brian Hitchcock Jul 16 '15 at 5:57

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