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    It is raining

    weather forecasts were predicting a rainy day. I met someone in the morning and I said to him "it is raining today" although the rain hadn't started yet. Was my expression correct?

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    Re: It is raining

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    weather forecasts were predicting a rainy day. I met someone in the morning and I said to him "it is raining today" although the rain hadn't started yet. Was my expression correct?
    No, if the rain has not started, you should say, "I expect it will rain today, or they have predicted rain for today, or I think it will start to rain soon."

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    Re: It is raining

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    weather forecasts were predicting a rainy day. I met someone in the morning and I said to him "it is raining today" although the rain hadn't started yet. Was my expression correct?

    A native speaker would express this in many different ways............

    "It's going to rain today."
    "Looks like it's going to rain today"
    "Looks like rain."
    "I think it's going to rain today."
    "It'll rain today."
    "The forecast said it'll rain today."
    "Rain again, today, I think."


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    Re: It is raining

    which one is right and why?

    a) It's often raining here.
    b) It often rains here.

    I like b), but can't say why a) would be wrong.



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    Re: It is raining

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    which one is right and why?

    a) It's often raining here.
    b) It often rains here.

    I like b), but can't say why a) would be wrong.

    yup, i think b is much better than a...


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    Re: It is raining

    a) It's often raining here.
    b) It often rains here.

    Context, perception or feeling of the speaker is always reflected in how a language is used ... in the above

    a) It's often raining here. (the speaker uses the continuous - in their mind they see the rain falling.)
    b) It often rains here. (the speaker uses fact - a factual statement)

    e.g.

    The curtains are often falling down. (In my minds-eye I see the curtains falling down and want to pass this picture/feeling to another person)

    The curtains often fall down. (I see the fact and want to pass this factual information to another person)

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    Smile Re: It is raining

    thanks for your advice,but can I ask a question?
    ur....what's the relation between" It is rainning"
    and the topic?
    look outside ,it is raining in our hometown,China,Asia.
    hahaha....

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    #8

    Re: It is raining

    So, you say both are corret, right?

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    #9

    Re: It is raining

    Quote Originally Posted by summerose12 View Post
    yup, i think b is much better than a...
    Question is... for which reason?


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    Re: It is raining

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    which one is right and why?

    a) It's often raining here.
    b) It often rains here.

    I like b), but can't say why a) would be wrong.

    The progressive aspect emphasises the speaker's annoyance at the continual rain. The simple form is neutral in this respect.

    Something else:
    When I say "It is raining cats and dogs," do I expand the valence of the avalent verb, rain? In other words, do I stretch the line of correct grammar? 'rain' does not take an object (intransitive), although in the idiomatic expression, outward appearance says otherwise.

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