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    three synonymous expressions

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether the following three expressions have a synonymous 100 % equivalent interpretation?

    It is pouring wet.
    It is pouring with rain.
    The rain is falling in torrents.

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    "Pouring wet" is not an expression.

    It is pouring "down" rain, not "with" rain.

    Your third sentence is OK.

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    There are following 100 % equivalent expression in my books:

    It is pouring with rain.
    It is raining in buckets.
    The rain comes down in sheets.
    The rain comes down in showers.
    It's raining cats and dogs.
    It's raining ducks and drakes.
    It's rain pitchforks.

    How much rain would fall in a torrential downpour? Quite alot of rain. It
    would be pouring with rain!!!!! . Does the rain or do the rain which is ...

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    If you're 100% sure, why ask? (You're wrong, by the way. But I'm not sure you're interested in why.)

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    It takes a lazy man to find the easiest way out.

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If you're 100% sure, why ask? (You're wrong, by the way. But I'm not sure you're interested in why.)

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    I'm interested. Could you say where vil is wrong? Do you mean "raining in buckets" which should be "raining buckets"?

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    "Pouring with rain" is not an expression.

    "Raining in buckets" is not an expression, as you noted.

    "It's rain pitchforks." is not grammatical.

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    It would be pouring with rain!!!!!
    Even that number of exclamation marks doesn't make it a normal English expression.

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    I think this is the link vil had in mind: Answers.com - How much rain would fall in a torrential downpour

    Is it a mistake?

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    Re: three synonymous expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I think this is the link vil had in mind: Answers.com - How much rain would fall in a torrential downpour

    Is it a mistake?
    I wouldn't call it a mistake, but it's not what most native speakers would say.

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