I'd like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
1. There is a snow.
2. There is the snow.
Other are lots of, piles of, heaps of, big drifts of, tons of, a mittful of,
Using 'the' is also not common unless we are referring to some specific snow. Usually we just say,
There is snow outside/on the ground/etc.
There will be a heavy rain [storm]
There will be a heavy snow [storm] tomorrow.
In speech, we do often drop some counters, eg.
I'll have a milk = a glass/carton/bottle of milk
Give me a beer. = Give me a bottle/mug/glass of beer.
See the following for some examples of "a heavy rain".
"a heavy rain" - Google Search
I see. a heavy snow= a heavy snowstorm. But dictionaries like OXFORD, LONGMAN, CAMBRIDGE just do not say snow can be used as a countable noun. At least they might say: a heavy snow (spoken), right?
Thank you very much, sir.
They would not say, "a heavy snow."
They might say, "We experienced a heavy snowfall last night."
Snow is falling.
Heavy snow buildup on the roads can make driving treacherous.
"Heavy snow has caused roofs to cave-in at many mobile home parks across the area."
I agree with Wholeman that we would be unlikely to say 'a heavy snow', though Cambridge does give an example of the plural 'many heavy snows'. In British English, we do use the pluarl; winter snows, etc, but a snow would be unusual IMO.
PS Wholeman, would you say 'winter snows' in American English?
"a heavy snow last" - Google Search
We had a heavy snow last night, and I am one of the few faculty in this building this. morning. I am proud to be a Visiting Professor at the University of ...
The heavy winter snows were responsible for the poor conditions of our highways this spring.
BTW, you might wish to check that answer.
"We had a heavy snow last night, and I am one of the few faculty in this building this. morning. I am proud to be a Visiting Professor at the University of ..."
Just curious about the capitalized 'V' though, since in some instances it could be a tittle or a group name, I suppose. (Never having actually been one myself. :D )
I also acknowledge the double 'this' as just being a style point as well.
Last edited by Wholeman; 01-Nov-2007 at 03:12.