# Thread: if it isn't raining?

1. ## if it isn't raining?

Lily: Will you go shopping with me if it _____ tomorrow?
Ben: Why not?
(A) didn't rain (B) doesn't rain (C) won't rain (D) isn't raining
I think option B is acceptable. Is option D also acceptable?

2. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

Yes. I think B is more likely, but D would fit (especially if intermittent showers were forecast, so that the question referred only to the times when it wouldn't be raining).

b

3. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

As an NES but not a teacher:

Trying to get behind the basis for the question, I would have personally opted for d).
It's the only one that you can be certain about before you set off - it's raining/not raining - go/no go.
The other three really only become truly clear after that event.

R21

4. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

I would use "if it isn't raining" if I were talking about a specific time of day.

- Shall we go to the market at lunchtime tomorrow?
- If it's not raining, yes.

- Shall we go to the market tomorrow?
- If it doesn't rain, yes.

5. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

Originally Posted by Route21
As an NES but not a teacher:

Trying to get behind the basis for the question, I would have personally opted for d).
It's the only one that you can be certain about before you set off - it's raining/not raining - go/no go.
The other three really only become truly clear after that event.

R21
On reflection, I'd probably prefer d too; b would be more likely only if the speaker had tomorrow's forecast in their hand!

b

6. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

I would probably use "d" as well.

7. ## Re: if it isn't raining?

Consider:

"Will you go shopping with me if it doesn't rain tomorrow?"
Rain = no go
No rain = go.

It rains for 5 minutes early in the morning but then the weather is brilliant.
Go/no go?

The condition for "no go" has been fulfilled but the likelihood is probably "go"?

Regards
R21

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