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    stop raining vs. finish raining

    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.

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    Re: stop raining vs. finish raining

    Quote Originally Posted by miwalko View Post
    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.
    For me, never.

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    Re: stop raining vs. finish raining

    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.

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    Re: stop raining vs. finish raining

    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.

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    Re: stop raining vs. finish raining

    I might use it if the rain was annoying me and I wished to give it a more human characteristic.

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