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If the wind, rain, or snow drives in a particular direction, it moves with great force in that direction.
He crashed into a tree in driving rain.
Does the preposition 'in' mean "while rain drove"?
Last edited by Vik-Nik-Sor; 09-Feb-2014 at 21:06.
Yes, "at the same time" is what I meant. I just wanted to make sure that in driving rain is an adverbial phrase of time.
It is not an adverb of time. It tells you what the conditions were like while he was driving.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
In BrE, we would say "in driving rain", not "in a driving rain". We don't use "rain" countably. You can count raindrops and rainstorms but not rain.
He crashed in driving rain.
He crashed in driving snow.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.