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    Hello. Do you think the following sentence sounds natural? It's windy today and it had been raining. I have been told that no native would ever say so..


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    Why ''it HAD been raining''?
    It is not that logical sentence...

    You could say:

    It's windy today and it had been raining before I have...

    I need more so I can figure out in which context you need it..


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    Btw. I am a native, and I would of course NEVER say it.


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    I thought it would be possible to use 'had been ...' alone , but I was wrong. Thank for your reply!


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    Don't mention it! ;)

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    Hi Profy

    You could say these, for example:

    It's windy and rainy today.
    It's windy today and it has (also) been raining.


    The past perfect is generally used when you refer to two past events and one is (or started) further in the past than the other. For example:

    It had been raining for hours when I suddenly remembered that my bedroom window was wide open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_Adam View Post
    Btw. I am a native
    I beg to differ, at least the fluency part. Moreover, you are not a teacher. You need to state that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I beg to differ, at least the fluency part. Moreover, you are not a teacher. You need to state that.
    Who can be considered a native speaker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Who can be considered a native speaker?
    Even a native speaker's fluency can be questioned, Harry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Even a native speaker's fluency can be questioned, Harry.

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    Please do not post off-topic. It's a great question, but not one that follows the topic of this thread. Start a new thread. I'll meet you there.

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    OK, Casiopea! Let someone else do it.

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