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    #1

    It rains the most heavily...

    Hello,

    Does this sentence sound natural? If not, how should I change it?

    Although it sometimes starts to rain in May, it rains the most heavily from August to October.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Delete 'the'.

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Why?

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Why?
    It's unnecessary. Although, unlike Rover, I would say it's OK with it.

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    #5

    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Yes, there is no need for a definite article in that particular case.

    However, if you want to say that the most rain precipitation is produced over that period of time, you may want to say:

    It rains the heaviest from August to October.

    I wonder if I see it the right way.

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Maybe Rover was thinking about the use of the superlative when the same object is compared in different situations?

    She works hardest when she is working for her family.

    Does my sentence about "rain" fit the special usage?

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Don't we use "heavily" to describe the verb "rain"?

    I have heard the adjective used, but I was under the impression that it was an informal style and that the "correct" form is still "heavily".

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Don't we use "heavily" to describe the verb "rain"?

    I have heard the adjective used, but I was under the impression that it was an informal style and that the "correct" form is still "heavily".
    "heavily" is correct.

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Adjective - heavy, heavier, heaviest.

    Adverb - heavily, more heavily, most heavily.

    'We had heavy rain today.' 'It was heavier yesterday'. 'It was heaviest on Wednesday.'

    'It's raining heavily now.' 'It rained more heavily yesterday.' 'It rained most heavily on Wednesday.'

    In none of those cases would I use 'the'.

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    Re: It rains the most heavily...

    Came across this sentence online. It's written by a person called Denis Oakley (Although for some reason I doubt he is a native speaker).

    One thing that we didn't have to worry about was hydration as it rained the heaviest that I have ever seen in the UK.

    Would that be considered as an error?

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