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    Smile a question about "temporality" of Tenses

    Hi, everybody:

    I have seen the sentence "Let's go out now. It isn't raining any more. " in an essay.

    And I know that the Present Continuous Tense has the meaning "temporary" (please look over the webpage English Grammar - The Present Continuous Tense - Learn English ), so the sentence "It isn't raining any more. " contains the meaning---"not raining" will ends soon and it will rain again soon?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: a question about "temporality" of Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by eagleflych View Post
    Hi, everybody:

    I have seen the sentence "Let's go out now. It isn't raining any more. " in an essay.

    And I know that the Present Continuous Tense has the meaning "temporary" (please look over the webpage English Grammar - The Present Continuous Tense - Learn English ), so the sentence "It isn't raining any more. " contains the meaning---"not raining" will ends soon and it will rain again soon?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    No, it means that at the moment it is not raining, it doesn't say anything about the possibility that it might rain again. We don't know.

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    Re: a question about "temporality" of Tenses

    It would depend on the intonation, but if the temporary nature of the current state (no rain) were very important, there would probably be something to indicate the need to hurry. Like Bhaisahab, I don't see that the verb form alone conveys the meaning that it will rain again.

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