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    Hi There,




    Does a "miserable weather" necessarily means a gloomy weather?

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi There,




    Does a "miserable weather" necessarily means a gloomy weather?
    What do you consider gloomy? Rainy, foggy, and overcast? If so, then no.

    Personally, I don't like the heat. If it's very, very hot and humid, I find it pretty miserable.

    It can be bright and sunny, but if it's so cold that the inside of your nose freezes as soon as you step outside, some people might call that miserable weather.

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi There,




    Does a "miserable weather" necessarily mean(s) a gloomy weather?
    Delete the 's' in brackets.

    'Miserable weather' (not a miserable weather) suggests 'gloomy weather' (not a gloomy weather) 'Weather' is uncountable.

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    Smile Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Hi there,

    I'm an English (EFL / ESOL) teacher in central England and for me "miserable weather" is certainly: foggy, wet and cold.
    Hot weather is anything above 30 degrees celsius* and when that happens (not often!) it is: boiling, uncomfortable, wonderful ... depending on your point of view.

    Hope this helps,
    Val (18 degrees celsius** today so "comfortable" and "a bit cool"!)

    * about 86 degrees Fahrenheit
    ** about 64 degrees Fahrenheit

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Just goes to show that one man's trash is another man's treasure. I sure do know people who love to soak in the heat.

    Me? When it's 33 C and so humid you can drink the air, it's really freaking miserable out there and I'm not leaving the air conditioning.

    (I don't disagree at all that cold, rainy, windy, foggy, dankness is also miserable. I just have a very narrow band of what I personally define as "nice weather." Stray too far from that on either end, and it's "miserable.")

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Hi Barb_D,

    We don't have very much air conditioning here so I suppose you're right, if it was 33 C plus it would be miserable ... it's just that in England it's usually cold (cloudy, rainy and so, miserable!) than hot!!!
    Last edited by avkw19; 04-Jun-2009 at 09:15.

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    I hear you!

    I was in Scotland once in December. I came home with a picture of the sky. Someone asked if I took that one by accident. I said "No, it was the only time it was blue the whole week and I wanted to memorialize it!"

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What do you consider gloomy? Rainy, foggy, and overcast? If so, then no.

    Personally, I don't like the heat. If it's very, very hot and humid, I find it pretty miserable.

    It can be bright and sunny, but if it's so cold that the inside of your nose freezes as soon as you step outside, some people might call that miserable weather.



    Hi Barb, thanks.


    When I first saw that phrase, I thought that by "miserable weather" you native speaker possibly mean "The weather that you don't like" or "the kind of weather that is not pleasant for you" which can be different qualities depending to the person who is speaking. but my English teacher said that "miserable weather" ONLY means "gloomy weather" which by gloomy she meant Rainy, cloudy and MOSTLY foggy weather.

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Hi maral55,

    Perhaps it's a difference in how you use the word "miserable".

    Barb_D said that she is miserable when it's too hot, your teacher was using the word in the context that the weather is miserable if it's cloudy, wet foggy etc. to mean bad weather not how the person feels...

    Does that sound right?

    Val

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    Default Re: "Miserable weather"?

    Hi Val, thanks. Yeah, perhaps it was so. however the question I asked her was not about the context and the feeling of person and was in general of what could be described as miserable weather and besides even the description is related to the feeling of that person about that weather.


    Anyway, the main question I have here is that if it is acceptable to say miserable weather for any quality of weather when you don't like it.

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