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    does light drizzle develop into rain

    I’m trying to express something here, but it looks overly verbose. Please correct.

    It was just a light drizzle. It didn’t develop into rain.

    It was just a light drizzle. It didn’t develop into anything more than that.

    It was just a very light rain. It didn’t develop into anything more than a drizzle.
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    #2

    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    Drizzle is normally used uncountably, so without an article.

    It was just drizzle. It didn't get any heavier.
    It continued to drizzle.
    It just drizzled all day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    Drizzle is still rain. It's just light. You could say it didn't develop into a storm, or a downpour, or into showers.

    I'm OK with "a drizzle."

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    #4

    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    If you say "just a drizzle", then it follows that it didn't develop into anything stronger. 'Just' does that. That is, unless you need to say something like, "Yesterday it was just a drizzle, but today it's developed into a category 5 hurricane."
    I also don't mind "a drizzle". "We had a few drizzles today."

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    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    I'm not okay with "develop." No one says that.

    - It didn't turn into rain.

    - It didn't get worse.

    - It didn't rain harder.

    - It didn't start to rain harder.

    - It never rained hard.

    - It didn't turn into a downpour.

    - That was about it.
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    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    "Showers developing" is pretty common TV weatherman talk.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...+developing%22

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    #7

    Re: does light drizzle develop into rain

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Showers developing" is pretty common TV weatherman talk.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...+developing%22
    Well, that's true. Someone does say it, after all. I sit corrected!

    "Beverage" is pretty common restaurant talk and "assailant" is pretty common police talk, but I don't think students should try to work them into ordinary conversation.
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