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    Talking Rain, rain go away

    Please correct and explain why!
    It only rained for ten minutes but it was like a pouring water.
    Last edited by eelt; 01-Jun-2008 at 02:57.

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    Say:
    It rained for only ten minutes, but it was a downpour.
    You can not say "a water" or " pouring water" as "water" is not normally a count noun.



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    Default Re: Please correct a sentence.

    my try

    It was raining for ten minutes only but as pouring as from a tap.

    was raining to emphasis that that was happening for some time (ten minutes)
    rained (simple past) is just to say that something happened in the past , without time details, ten minutes or so

    it was only raining wouldn't work for me since I think as it would mean that nothing else was happening or happened during the raining, what we do not know actually but it is possible with past continuous.

    owing to what I explained I put only at the end of the clause
    it was raining for ten minutes only

    as pouring as > comparison ( I don't know is this word right)< using as.****..as

    from a tap
    we usually have very good pouring of water, so a tap could be a reference

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    Refer to my post (the second one in this thread). Another example:
    It rained for only ten minutes, but I got soaked.

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    Another example:
    It rained for only ten minutes, but it came down in buckets.

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    And I think I saw a phrase
    something like

    For ten minutes, it was raining dogs and cats.

    but it would be possible in the United States only I think, for there could be such raining and not here in bosnia
    and the phrase is in use there I think
    if I am not wrong..?

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    Yes, you can say:
    For ten minutes, it was raining cats and dogs. (After that the rain let up. (It stopped raining so hard.))

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    Cats had to have been females and dogs males.
    or cats, running away, are always in front of dogs
    I see no other explanation why not dogs and cats but cats and dogs

    I thanked your last post because of let up ( could be suddenly stopped i think, never heard before)
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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    It's a set phrase. It's always "raining cats and dogs", but never "raining dogs and cats".


    To let up is to decrease in intensity.

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    Default Re: Rain, rain go away

    non-teacher

    It rained for only ten minutes, but it was pouring.

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