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    Hello

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    "I like to feel the wet rain on my skin."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Hello

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    "I like to feel the wet rain on my skin."

    Thanks
    Yes, but is "wet" really necessary?

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    Thanks. I guess not seeing as there is no such thing as dry rain! Not that I'm aware of anyway.

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    Is it actually incorrect to write "wet rain". I thought if you can say, "The rain is wet", you can say "wet rain".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Is it actually incorrect to write "wet rain". I thought if you can say, "The rain is wet", you can say "wet rain".
    No, it's not incorrect, just unnecessary. (It's just as unnecssary with "wet rain".)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    Is it actually incorrect to write "wet rain"? I thought if you can say, "The rain is wet", you can say "wet rain".
    Why would you say "The rain is wet"? As you said yourself, there is no such thing as "dry rain" so neither the phrase nor the sentence are natural.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Have you lot got no souls? Where's your sense of poetry? Yes, of course we all know that rain is wet, but it strikes me that this phrase goes somewhat beyond that simple physical fact, and the speaker/writer emphasises the wetness of the rain to make a particular point. He/she could equally well have emphasised the coldness or warmth of the rain, or the softness or sting of the raindrops on skin....

    ....or shouldn't I have had that second postprandial whisky?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Have you lot got no souls? Where's your sense of poetry? Yes, of course we all know that rain is wet, but it strikes me that this phrase goes somewhat beyond that simple physical fact, and the speaker/writer emphasises the wetness of the rain to make a particular point. He/she could equally well have emphasised the coldness or warmth of the rain, or the softness or sting of the raindrops on skin....

    ....or shouldn't I have had that second postprandial whisky?
    Grumpy, you are bringing wet tears to my seeing eyes. Please pass the whiskey.

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    Slainte Mhath!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    ....or shouldn't I have had that second postprandial whisky?
    Only if you were worried about a fourth or fifth.

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