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    The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Is this correct and natural?

    The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel over the balcony, creating a patter-like sound, giving the illusion it was raining. The sky was actually bereft of any clouds.

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    Re: The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Well, the sound of wind isn't like that of rain. And the sound of rattling windows doesn't sound like rain. Rain sounds like rain.

    It doesn't work for me.
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    Re: The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Well, the sound of wind isn't like that of rain. And the sound of rattling windows doesn't sound like rain. Rain sounds like rain.

    It doesn't work for me.
    It happened to me. I walked in the balcony, and heard what sounded like rain. But it was the wind moving the light plastic panel which made this noise similar to patter of rain. There are two layers of plastic and when they move, you would think it's raining.

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    Re: The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    It happened to me. I walked onto the balcony, and heard what sounded like rain. But it was the wind moving the light plastic panel which made a noise similar to the patter of rain. There are two layers of plastic, and when they move [no comma] you would think it's raining.
    OK.
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    Re: The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Is this correct and natural?

    The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel over the balcony, creating a patter-like sound, giving the illusion it was raining. The sky was actually bereft of any clouds.
    I thought ruffled is used with flexible things, like hair, fabric, feathers, etc., and not something stiff like a roof panel.

    How about: The plastic roof panel over the balcony was flapping with the strong wind...
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    Re: The wind ruffled the plastic roof panel

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Is this correct and natural?

    The wind ruffled the balcony's plastic awning, pattering as though it were raining though the sky was actually bereft of any clouds.
    Or something!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 06-Mar-2021 at 15:03.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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