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    The weather forecast is for...?

    Hi,

    The sentence I have problem with is:"The weather forecast is for mostly cloudy with scattered rain "

    As for as I know, "is for" means you agree with something as in he is for this proposal, so why not just say "The weather forecast says it is mostly cloudy with scattered rain". I'm confused.

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    Re: The weather forecast is for...?

    'The weather forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers' would sound natural.

    A weather forecast would not say 'It is mostly cloudy . . .', because a forecast predicts what is going to happen.

    Rover
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    Re: The weather forecast is for...?

    I must admit I cannot come up with a reasonable explanation for the use of "for" as the word on its own doesn't suggest the future. However, if I heard a forecaster say simply "The weather forecast is mostly cloudy skies ..." it would sound unnatural. That would work in writing if I wrote:

    "The weather forecast is:
    - mostly cloudy
    - scattered showers
    - average temperatures"

    As Rover said, the forecaster can't say "...it is mostly cloudy" because that refers to the present. You could say "The weather forecast says it will be mostly cloudy ..." but you would say that after you had watched the weather forecast. It would be unnatural for the weatherman/woman to say those words.

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    Re: The weather forecast is for...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'The weather forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers' would be sound natural.

    A weather forecast would not say 'It is mostly cloudy . . .', because a forecast predicts what is going to happen.

    Rover
    Thanks!

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    Re: The weather forecast is for...?

    Quote Originally Posted by yanx View Post
    " it is mostly cloudy with scattered rain".
    That is a report of the current situaion. It is not a forecast.

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    Re: The weather forecast is for...?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I must admit I cannot come up with a reasonable explanation for the use of "for" as the word on its own doesn't suggest the future. However, if I heard a forecaster say simply "The weather forecast is mostly cloudy skies ..." it would sound unnatural. That would work in writing if I wrote:

    "The weather forecast is:
    - mostly cloudy
    - scattered showers
    - average temperatures"

    As Rover said, the forecaster can't say "...it is mostly cloudy" because that refers to the present. You could say "The weather forecast says it will be mostly cloudy ..." but you would say that after you had watched the weather forecast. It would be unnatural for the weatherman/woman to say those words.

    Thanks!

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