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    In the rain

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    Don't go out in the rain.

    Is the above sentence a general statement or does it refer to a particular instance of it raining?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: In the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    Don't go out in the rain.

    Is the above sentence a general statement or does it refer to a particular instance of it raining?

    Thanks in advance
    It could be either one.

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    Re: In the rain

    Hello, 2006!

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I think that your reply suggests that context decides whether the sentence is a general statement or referring to a particular instance.

    What I noticed regarding the matter;
    A. Only one type of determiner serves the two purposes (i.e. mentioned above). In this respect the word rain is special.

    B. The rain is the same as the sun, the world, the sky, etc. in its uniqueness. I remember I have ever read about this relation in some grammar books.

    C. I haven’t yet known sentences containing such phrases as in rain, in a rain, in rains.

    My questions are;
    1. In B, why is the rain unique?
    2. Does B have anything to do with A?
    3. Please introduce some sentences using the phrases in C.

    Thanks

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