I know born is once event so I can understand why born use past tense but how about raised ? it's still happening until now I'm growing in Jakarta, isn't it ? why we don't use present perfect continous tense as it started in the past and still happening until now ?

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    According to your profile, you're 24. Most native speakers would say you finished being "raised" many years ago. You raise children until they can reasonably be classed as [semi-]independent adults - which is somewhat subjective, but it ceases to be appropriate around age 15-18 for most people. Oct 9, 2014 at 18:27

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Raised here is not past tense but a past participle, parallel with born, and indicating a simple past passive:

I was born in Jakarta.
I was raised in Jakarta.

We ordinarily use raise only for the period of your life when you are under the care of the parents or guardians who 'raise' you—that is, bring you successfully to adulthood. Consequently it is quite ordinary for adults to refer to their raising with a past-tensed verb construction.

  • hmmm I see, I think raised here is getting old. Thanks
    – mockie
    Oct 9, 2014 at 18:34
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    @mockie, to be raised is to be brought to adulthood by one's parents. To get old is to age, reaching old age. You will have been raised by the time you leave your parents' care, probably somewhere between 16 and 25. You will have gotten old by the time you're a senior citizen, probably over 70.
    – Joe
    Oct 9, 2014 at 22:52

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