Is there any difference between It stopped raining and It finished raining? The latter seems weird to me - as if there was a goal associated with raining, but I see it used. When would you use it instead of the former? Thanks.
I agree with billmcd. I would only use "stop" with "raining".
Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jun-2012 at 07:40. Reason: typo
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
The thing is, "stop" marks a temporary or permanent halt, while "finish" marks a definite end. Does rain ever truly finish? Unlikely, for we don't know the future. Rain stops: until it starts again.
I might use it if the rain was annoying me and I wished to give it a more human characteristic.