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    #1

    rains/raining

    No problem, the weather always seems to get worse when it's raining.
    No problem, the weather always seems to get worse when it rains.

    What's the difference in meaning of the above sentences?

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    Re: rains/raining

    Neither of them makes any sense. Most people would say that rain constitutes bad weather. The weather doesn't get worse "when" it's raining.

    You can say something like "My mood always seems to get worse when it rains", the suggestion being that the rain is the cause of the bad mood. You can't say that the bad weather is the cause of the bad weather!

    Can you explain what your sentences were supposed to mean?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: rains/raining

    The weather seems to get worse when it rains. (We're not sure if it gets worse, but it seems to. )

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    Re: rains/raining

    I have to say I find that very unnatural, even with "seems". Surely weather either stays the same, gets better or gets worse.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: rains/raining

    I didn't mean to say it was natural. it's weird.

    Sam: Hey! It seems to be snowing.
    Bob: What do you mean? Is it snowing or not?
    Sam: Well, it seems to be snowing, which means that it might be or it might not be.
    Bob: You've had too much to drink.


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