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    Beware your back!

    1.Now, it begins to rain
    2.Now, it's beginning to rain

    What are their differences?
    Or they're just different in feeling?
    Please explain why some verbs can use both present simple and present continuous in the same situation

    thanks

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    Re: Beware your back!

    "It's beginning to rain" is used. In what context did you find the other one?


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    Re: Beware your back!

    Now, it begins to rain.
    It looks literary/poetic to me.

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    Re: Beware your back!

    Now, it begins to rain,
    And I cannot explain.

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    #5

    Smile Re: Beware your back!

    You can find 18 entries at COCA:

    "It begins to rain"

    a little bit strange, but grammatical and usual.

    EDIT:

    These sentences are fine:

    Look - it's raining.
    It often rains here.

    These are not:

    Look - it rains.
    It's often raining here.
    Last edited by Offroad; 24-Jan-2009 at 23:49.

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    Re: Beware your back!

    It begins to rain, what?!
    Lightning has hit the spot.

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