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As I understand it "rises" is in most contexts rather formal, but what about these two:

1) A secretary is rummaging through the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet. She rises with a stack of papers.

2) The man rises from his seat again.

Is "rises" perfectly natural here or formal? And would one of "gets up", "stands", or "stands up" be more natural?

According to Google Books Ngram Viewer "rises from his seat" should be more common than if any of "gets up", "stands", and "stands up" was/were used instead.

Thank you.

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anonymousIs "rises" perfectly natural here or formal? And would one of "gets up", "stands", or "stands up" be more natural?

In conversation 'rises' is less used than the others you mentioned. It's more often used in literature.

Recall that the Google application has only books as its source material, so it won't necessarily give you the best clues about conversational word choices.

CJ