If I asked my teacher a question in a classroom, then which one of the following sentence would be correct ?

  1. I put my hand up to ask the teacher a question.
  2. I raised my hand up to ask the teacher a question.

Is there any difference ? - If any, how to differentiate its usage ?

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    there both technically the same, but raising your hand is much more common, specifically when dealing with raising your hand in order to be called on. – CRABOLO Nov 5 '14 at 4:55
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    It's in your last question should be its. You need the possessive, not the contraction of it is. – tunny Nov 5 '14 at 8:24

I don't know if it's a British/American thing, but in my corner of Britain (Swansea), we tend to use "put your hand up" when you have a question for a teacher. I can't really comment on the usage across the rest of Britain, but "raise your hand" is something that I've only really come across in American sitcoms and films.

  • Welcome to ELL! I think it would be better if you did an expansion to your answer. Right now it gives me the feeling that it's a comment. – It's Over Mar 2 '15 at 13:13
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    @MARamezani Actually, it seems to me to be a perfectly good answer. It offers an explanation for what the difference might be: AmE vs. BrE. – Ben Kovitz Mar 2 '15 at 18:09
  • they just have to always pick holes – Daniel Jul 21 '18 at 20:03

Another difference: If a policeman was arresting a bad guy, he'd be more likely to say, "Put your hands up" than "Raise your hands".


There is a strong "British-American difference".

The Corpus of Contemporary American English contains 196 citations of raise your hand, but only 7 of put up your hand.

If you want to follow "US" style, it would be I raised my hand, not raised my hand up. If you want to follow "UK/British" style, it would be I put my hand up.


Raise is same as up and so "raise up your hand" in grammar is malapropism . it is therefore appropriate to say put up your hand or raise your hand.

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