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    What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    I know the noun "rain" is uncountable.
    I also know that it is often used with indefinite article when the word is used with adjective such as heavy.
    What is the subtle nuance with a and without a?

    EX.
    A heavy rain is expected this afternoon.
    Heavy rain is expected this afternoon.
    Last edited by popri; 11-Feb-2017 at 13:01. Reason: spelling error

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    #2

    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    "A heavy rain" is incorrect.
    Note the correct spelling of "indefinite".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Thanks for pointing out the error. I've corrected it.

    Would you please tell me why "A heavy rain is expected." is incorrect?
    If indefinite article is used, how does it sound to you?

    What about "We had a heavy rain last night."?
    I guess it should be correct because it's in the dictionary, but I have no idea when I should use a heavy rain and when I should not.

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    #4

    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    'A heavy rain', meaning a period of time in which it rained' is possible when we are talking of a past period. We don't normally use it for the future, possibly because we don't know how long it will last.

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    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Aha!
    I understand now.
    Thank you so much.
    Studying English is so deep!

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    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    I would say 'English is so difficult to learn'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by popri View Post
    Studying English is so deep!
    So are puddles after heavy rain.

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    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #9

    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We don't normally use it for the future, possibly because we don't know how long it will last.
    Bob Dylan used it metaphorically for a grim future, but he was not a meteorologist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ex-m-eEKsg

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    #10

    Re: What's the difference between heavy rain and a heavy rain?

    Quote Originally Posted by popri View Post
    Studying English is so deep!
    I think 'English grammar is so deep' makes more sense.
    I am not a teacher.

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