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    #1

    when it is not raining straight but at an angle

    When it rains, the droplets of rain fall straight on the soil. But when it rains heavily then the raindrops may not land in a straight but in a little diagonal way, a little bit an an angle. So if it is raining in this way how would we say.

    It is raining at an angle.
    It is raining askew
    the rain is falling askew.
    it is raining in an awry way.

    I know most of them would sound unnatural to you. So tell me a word that convey the same meanings in a natural way when it is raining cats and dog but the rain is falling at an angle.

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    #2

    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

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    We sometimes describe such rain as "slanting".
    Here is an example from The Guardian online: "At Edinburgh they make you trudge from the plane to the airport and back across the tarmac, in the slanting rain."

    Of the examples you give, the first one works as a simple description and you might hear it said, but the others are not natural, in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    Rain can fall "straight", not "strait". Check the definitions of the two words in a good dictionary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    See also: driving rain.

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    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
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    We sometimes describe such rain as "slanting".
    Here is an example from The Guardian online: "At Edinburgh they make you trudge from the plane to the airport and back across the tarmac, in the slanting rain."

    Of the examples you give, the first one works as a simple description and you might hear it said, but the others are not natural, in my opinion.
    Very very informative and that is the exact word I was looking for that type of rain that doesn't fall straight but falls at an angle because of strong gusts of winds. I am glad that somebody whose home country is New Zealand has contributed to my thread.

    It is slanting.
    The rain is slanting.


    I don't think we would say something like
    It was slanting cats and dogs. Because it is already understood that when it is slanting it is raining heavily right?

    Tell me a little bit more about "slanting". Is it used both in Australia and New Zealand? And is it a slang word or part of standard English?

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    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    See also: driving rain.
    Thanks Rover, Driving rain sounds like a noun. So can we say something like this?

    The rain is driving. (I think, if we use it this way then it won''t make any sense, it sounds like rain is driving a car or something).

    The rain is being driven. (here, it sounds a little okay but it is still unclear what it is being driven by, unless we mention wind, "The rain is being driven by the wind". However, it sounds a little natural to me in this way).

    Can you suggest a verb that conveys exactly the same meaning just as JMurray has suggested "slanting". And do you people also use "slanting" in the UK?

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    #7

    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    No, it's just used as an adjective. Driving rain.

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    #8

    Re: when it is not raining strait but at an angle

    You would use "slanting" as an adjective as well.
    He went out in a slanting rain.
    You would not say "It's slanting out there."
    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.

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