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    #1

    It hasn't rained

    It hasn't rained there in the past 30 years, there is evidently a drought.

    There has not been rained in the past 30 years, there is evidently a drought.

    Do these sentences convey the same meaning?

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    #2

    Re: It hasn't rained

    The second one is totally ungrammatical.

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    #3

    Re: It hasn't rained

    I think it is grammatical to say 'There has been no rain for the past years'.
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    #4

    Re: It hasn't rained

    There has not been rain in the past 30 years - would work.
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    It has not been raining for the past 30 years.
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    #5

    Re: It hasn't rained

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it is grammatical to say 'There has been no rain for the past years'.
    The word 'years' needs to be preceded by a number or a word such as 'few'.

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    #6

    Re: It hasn't rained

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It has not been raining for the past 30 years.
    That's not natural in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It hasn't rained

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The word 'years' needs to be preceded by a number or a word such as 'few'.
    Or you can say "There has been no rain there for years!" It's an unspecific number of years but the suggestion is that it has been a long time since it last rained.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: It hasn't rained

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    It hasn't rained there in the past 30 years, there is evidently a drought.
    You need a semi-colon or full stop after 'years. I would use'for' rather than 'in' in the first clause, and 'has been' rather than 'is' in the second.

    It seems superflous to say that there has been/is a drought. This is pretty obvious if it hasn't rained for thirty years.

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    #9

    Re: It hasn't rained

    If it hasn't rained for thirty years you hardly need to mention that drought conditions prevail.

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    #10

    Re: It hasn't rained

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The word 'years' needs to be preceded by a number or a word such as 'few'.
    Is that a rule or just optional? 'Over the past years' was used in this post.
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