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    Default scrutinize the word 'rain'

    If we scrutinize the context in which rain resides, we can see the difference.

    1. I enjoy walking in the rain. (here rain must be preceded with 'the' because 'the rain' expresses a situation or condition which will drenchs the speaker)

    2. We got caught up in rain without either raincoats or umbrellas. (here 'the' is not placed in front of rain because we didn't get drenched.)

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: scrutinize the word 'rain'

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    I1. I enjoy walking in the rain. (here rain must be preceded with 'the' because 'the rain' expresses a situation or condition which will drenchs the speaker)

    2. We got caught up in rain without either raincoats or umbrellas. (here 'the' is not placed in front of rain because we didn't get drenched.).
    I'm afraid not.
    'In the rain' is the more common expression. It means the same as 'in rain'.

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    Default Re: scrutinize the word 'rain'

    Just to add to 5jj's answer, there's nothing to indicate whether or not you got drenched or only a bit wet.

    Rover

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    Default Re: scrutinize the word 'rain'

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    2. We got caught up in rain without either raincoats or umbrellas. (here 'the' is not placed in front of rain because we didn't get drenched.)
    Isn't it quite likely that they did get drenched as they had no protection?

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    Default Re: scrutinize the word 'rain'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Isn't it quite likely that they did get drenched as they had no protection?
    It's always hazardous without protection, but we don't know how heavy it got.

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