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    #1

    The dark, lowering sky

    I have tried to use "lowering sky" in my sentences. I am not sure if they sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. The dark, lowering sky was a portent of heavy rain.
    2. A distant white church steeple silhouetted against the lowering sky.

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    #2

    Re: The dark, lowering sky

    Your #2 is not a sentence. There is no main verb.

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    Re: The dark, lowering sky

    J&K Tutoring,
    Thank you for telling me where I made a mistake.

    Would my sentence be correct like this:
    A distant white church steeple was silhouetted against the lowering sky.

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    #4

    Re: The dark, lowering sky

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    J&K Tutoring,
    Thank you for telling me where I made a mistake.

    Would my sentence be correct like this:
    A distant white church steeple was silhouetted against the lowering sky.
    Yes.

    I would not use the word lowering in that fashion. It's a personal foible: I'm never sure how to pronounce it and I wouldn't want to impose my discomfort on my readers.

    According to this article, it rhymes with flowering.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The dark, lowering sky

    GoesStation,
    I know that "lowering" is not much in use, but I am trying to see if I can use different synonyms in different sentences, just to vary my writing. You, as a native speaker, know immediately if a synonym is acceptable, but I as a non-native speaker have to try them out to see if they function well in a sentence. I think this is the only way to learn synonyms properly. But as you can see, sometimes my sentences can sound odd in the ears of a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: The dark, lowering sky

    Would my sentence be correct like this:
    A distant white church steeple was silhouetted against the lowering sky.


    ​Yes, much better.

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