grow up

Grow (up)

Posted by on April 25th, 2018 | 0 comments | IELTS, meningkat, speaking, vocabulary, writing

Social media may grow up rapidly in the future.

This is a kind of understandable error. Students have seen or heard ‘grow up’ and they assume that absolutely anything can ‘grow up’.

However, only children grow up:

  • I grew up with very poor parents.
  • His children grew up and moved away.
  • My brother is so childish. I wish he would grow up!

Everything else grows (without up!):

  • Income inequality has grown massively since 2000.
  • Public opinion against nuclear energy keeps growing.
  • All economic sectors grew during the war.

Actually in the last three examples ‘grow’ is synonymous with ‘increase’:

  • Income inequality has increased massively since 2000.
  • Public opinion against nuclear energy keeps increasing.
  • All economic sectors increased during the war.

Try this quick practice activity:

When I was growing up in England, unemployment grew to its highest point ever. However, the economy eventually grew and unemployment fell to a more manageable level. Now that I have grown up I remain curious about employment trends.

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