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    #1

    it had rained until you came

    Hi,

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    1- Yesterday, it had rained until you came.
    2- Yesterday, it had been raining until you came.
    3- Yesterday, it had rained for three hours until you came.
    4- Yesterday, it had been raining for three hours until you came.

    I cannot distinguish which one/s are OK. I think sentence 2 and 4 are OK but I cannot make sure if the first and third ones are OK or not. If sentences 1 and 2 are OK, then is there any difference between them?

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    Re: it had rained until you came

    I consider all OK, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: it had rained until you came

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    1- Yesterday, it had rained until you came.
    2- Yesterday, it had been raining until you came.
    3- Yesterday, it had rained for three hours until you came.
    4- Yesterday, it had been raining for three hours until you came.
    Only #2 sounds acceptable to me. I'd say:
    It was raining until you came.
    It had been raining for three hours when you arrived.

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    Re: it had rained until you came

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Only #2 sounds acceptable to me.
    Are the others ungrammatical or unnatural?

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    #5

    Re: it had rained until you came

    I don't like any of them. If you changed 'until' to 'before' they would all work. It would be more natural to say "It was raining ..." in all cases, since both 'before' and 'until' establish the time sequence.
    "Yesterday, it was raining before you arrived," or "Yesterday, it had been raining before you arrived." are better. The latter might be used if there is a greater time period between the rain stopping and the person arriving. But that's not a grammatical rule, just usage.

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    Re: it had rained until you came

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you changed 'until' to 'before' they would all work.
    Would their meanings be changed too?

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    Re: it had rained until you came

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would their meanings be changed too?
    A little. But you could fix that by saying "just before", or by other means. It depends what's important.
    "It was raining just before you came"; "It had been raining for three hours until just before you came"; "It only stopped raining when you arrived."

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