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.
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 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
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 8:24

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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.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 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
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 18:09
  • they just have to always pick holes
    – Daniel
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 20:03

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.


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".


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.


If you " put up " your hand you can " put down" your hand easily.. If you " raise your hand " still you have to " put down " your hand .

Put up your hand × put down your hand

Raise your hand × ? ( Put down your hand )(◔‿◔)

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