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    Dear friends,

    Would you please tell me what 'daily showers' means in the following sentence?

    'This natural wonderland receives an average of 200 inches of rain a year in several daily showers.'

    Does it mean that there are several periods of time a year and in each period, it will rain continuously for many days'?

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    Re: daily showers?

    *Not a teacher

    A shower (weather) means a brief and usually light fall of rain, hail, sleet, or snow. So it looks like there rains (showers) a couple of times per day.

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    Re: daily showers?

    I got it, SirGod. Thank you!

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    Re: daily showers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear friends,

    Would you please tell me what 'daily showers' means in the following sentence?

    'This natural wonderland receives an average of 200 inches of rain a year in several daily showers.'

    Does it mean that there are several periods of time a year and in each period, it will rain continuously for many days'?
    "in several daily showers" is not a good phrase for this sentence.
    The meaning is not clear.

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    Re: daily showers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "in several daily showers" is not a good phrase for this sentence.
    The meaning is not clear.
    Would you please rewrite that sentence to make it clearer?

    Actually, I'm not sure what the meaning of the word 'in' is here. Can I have your comments, please?

    Thank you!

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    Re: daily showers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "in several daily showers" is not a good phrase for this sentence.
    The meaning is not clear.
    It's clear to me. It rains a couple times each day.

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    Re: daily showers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Would you please rewrite that sentence to make it clearer?

    Actually, I'm not sure what the meaning of the word 'in' is here. Can I have your comments, please?

    Thank you!
    I'd write "in several showers daily" if Dave's interpretation is correct. It could also mean in "several-daily showers", ie. in showers that happen every few days.
    The same ambiguity occurs in sentences like "They got the work done in two weekly meetings" where "two weekly" would be clearer as "two-weekly" (fortnightly) or "meetings twice a week". This could also mean a total of two meetings, held a week apart. The only reason that it can't mean "several daily showers" in the original is that you can't get 200 inches out of a few daily showers.

    "in" is required because a preposition is needed. "The rainfall came in daily showers." = "The rainfall came in the form of daily showers."
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    Re: daily showers?

    several showers every day might be a tidier way of saying it.

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    #9

    Re: daily showers?

    'This natural wonderland receives an average of 200 inches of rain a year in several daily showers.'
    This natural wonderland receives, in several daily showers, an average of 200 inches of rain a year .
    This natural wonderland receives an average of 200 inches of rain a year. Easy to understand.
    This natural wonderland receives an average of 200 inches of rain a year, because it rains several times every day.

    The adverbial of manner: 'in several daily showers' is not ambiguous to me. I couldn't interpret it as 'showers which last for several days' but rather as the indefinite version of 'twice daily showers' or 'thrice daily showers'
    'daily'( = every day) is an adjective here and 'several' an indefinite quantifier.

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    Re: daily showers?

    The only reason that it can't mean "several daily showers" in the original is that you can't get 200 inches out of a few daily showers.
    I don't follow. Are you saying if it rains a couple of times every day that it is impossible to get 200 inches of rain in a year?

    Let's say it rains every day. Then they would have "daily showers."

    Let's further say that it rains several times every day. That sounds like "several daily showers."

    I've never heard "several daily" to men "every couple of days."

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