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Leave the other end of the string.
Let go of the other end of the string

Leave isn't usually used in the sense of let go but you will hear the idiom leave go in very informal English to mean let go.

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She earns her living by hard work.
She wins her living by hard work.

To earn means to receive in return for work, to win is to obtain as a result of fighting, competition, gambling, etc.

The verb to gain may be used with either meaning: to gain one's living or to gain a victory, a prize, etc.

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They replaced gold with paper money.
They substituted gold with paper money

We replace one thing with another, but we substitute one thing for another. The two phrases mean the reverse of each other: You replace gold with paper money. You substitute paper money for gold.

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Penny didn't let me get my book.
Penny didn't leave me to get my book.

Let means to allow. Leave means to abandon or to go away from: Do you leave your books at school?

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Val rises very early in the morning.
Val raises very early in the morning.
She raised their salaries too often.
She rose their salaries too often.

Rise is an intransitive verb and means to go up, stand up, or get out of bed. It doesn't require an object. Raise is a transitive verb and means to lift up something Their principal parts are; rise, rose, risen, and raise, raised, raised.

Arise is often used for rise, but it is better to use arise only in the sense of begin: A quarrel (a discussion, an argument, a difficulty, etc.) may arise. This is formal but is still used.

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