# Thread: Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

1. ## Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

Good afternoon, teachers.
Please help me with this sentence in which I don't know how to distinguish between the simple perfect or the continuous perfect. Because they both happened in the past but have results at present. Which one is correct?

1. Is it raining? - No, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.
2. Is it raining? - No, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has been raining.

2. ## Re: Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

Neither is wrong. However, with the second one it is more likely that it is raining at the present time.

3. ## Re: Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

Originally Posted by Son Ho
Is it raining? - No, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has been raining.
That's the one I find more natural. It does not in itself suggest that it is still raining; in any case, the co-text shows that it is not raining now. The rain has, however, occurred very recently, and the result, wet ground, can still be seen.

4. ## Re: Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

The difference is that the present perfect continuous carries the sense that the activity of raining was ongoing.

This is why this is such a common example for teachers to use to illustrate the use of the present perfect continuous for explaining the past with present evidence—because we easily and naturally conceive raining as ongoing, rather than as a single event.

5. ## Re: Is it raining? - Not, it isn't but the ground is wet. It has rained.

Somehow I missed "No, it isn't ...." the first time.

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