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    'It never rains without pouring"

    Would it be grammatically correct if i change the above sentence to " Never raining without pouring."

    Wouldn't it be correct to use "never raining without pouring"

    in sentences like, 'Never raining without pouring, I lost my phone."

    It does make sense right???


    ) Is there such idiom as " it never rains without pouring?"

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    Default Re: 'It never rains without pouring"

    I think it's supposed to be this way...

    it never rains but it pours

    spoken used to say that as soon as one thing goes wrong, a lot of other things go wrong as well

    For idioms, it's better to keep it the way it is...

    Ex: First my car broke down, then I lost my key: it never rains but it pours!

    For US normally they said : When it rains, it pours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcw1003 View Post
    'it never rains without pouring"

    would it be grammatically correct if i change the above sentence to " never raining without pouring." . no, it is not a grammatically correct sentence

    wouldn't it be correct to use "never raining without pouring", no, you can say: it was never raining but it was pouring



    in sentences like, 'never raining without pouring, i lost my phone."

    it does make sense right??? ??? no, it would be right to speak this way: while it was raining cats and dogs, i lost my phone




    ) is there such idiom as " it never rains without pouring?" i don’t think there is any such idiom but raining cats and dogs is a well known phrase
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    Default Re: 'It never rains without pouring"

    It never rains but it pours

    That's right. That's how I know it too.
    I think it's worth pointing out that "but" is not a conjunction here.
    It doesn't mean: It never rains, but it does pour.
    It does mean: It never rains without pouring. But it's not usually said that way.

    jcw1003,
    "'Never raining without pouring, I lost my phone." sounds very strange.

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    Default Re: 'It never rains without pouring"

    Check this out..

    It never rains but it pours

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    Default Re: 'It never rains without pouring"

    And there is the song:

    Seems it never rains in Southern California
    Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before
    It never rains in California
    But girl, don't they warn ya
    It pours man it pours

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    Default It never rains but it pours?

    It never rains but it pours?

    Is it possible to change this to " Never raining but pouring ....." is necessary?

    Such as, " Never raining but pouring, I lost my phone."

    It would be grammatically wrong to say " It never rains but it pours, I lost my phone."

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    Default Re: It never rains without pouring.?

    I'm not a teacher ... native American English speaker...

    "It never rains, but it pours" is an idiom.
    It is usually used to when declaring a series of events - all bad.

    I stubbed my toe.
    I tripped on the carpet.
    It never rains but it pours, I fell down the stairs.

    I have never heard this phrase used to declare a single unfortunate event.

    So - without the context of the original sentence, it's not really possible to give a valid usage.

    Wouldn't the answer be " Never raining without pouring" ??
    No. This is incorrect.

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    Default Re: It never rains without pouring.?

    Hi,
    It never rains but it pours. As someone said earlier, this is an idiom. An idiom is fixed expression- which you can't change! No pouring!

    What you have there is a 'bad' question, because the right answer is wrong and doesn't give a context for the use of the idiom.
    So, your answer is right for this question, but an example of bad english.

    Don't try and change idioms, and suggest that whoever wrote the question check a good dictionary.

    Best Wishes,
    Sarah

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    Default Re: It never rains but it pours?

    But this would be fine: 'First I lost my keys, then I got to the meeting without my papers, and then I found I couldn't ring my office to get duplicates because I'd lost my phone. "It never rains but it pours".'

    "It never rains but it pours" is an idiom. It's used to refer to a string of things that go wrong - making the situation worse and worse. It's not usual to change it around so that it fits grammatically into your sentence.

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    Last edited by BobK; 10-Jul-2009 at 10:10. Reason: Fix typo

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