It's drizzling

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It's drizzling

Post by STEVENSAKURA » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:25 am

A: How's the weather in New York now?
B: It's drizzling / It's hailing / It's raining very heavily / It's raining lightly / It's raining dogs and cats.

- Do these sound natural enough, native speakers? :)

Thanks a million!

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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:03 am

"There is light rain". (Also with a similar meaning: It's misting; it's drizzling).

"It's raining cats and dogs."

For some reason the adverb you use makes a difference: "It's raining lightly" does not sound normal, even though I would not hesitate to say "It's raining heavily" or "It's raining very heavily".

It can be raining cats and dogs, but never dogs and cats.

This is all very illogical, but there you are. English is like that.
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Wizard of Oz » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:59 am

.. Steve you might also like to say ..
>> It's bucketting down.
>> It's pouring.
>> It's pissing down.
>> It's raining liquid sunshine.

WoZ putting on his drizabone
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Bobinwales » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:27 pm

Irish mist
Welsh dew...
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by trolley » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:40 pm

Pelting, driving, pounding, hosing, teeming.
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Shelley » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:59 pm

Spitting.
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Wizard of Oz » Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:34 am

.. Steve it can also be sprinkling rain ..

.. OMG if we keep this up we might break the Eskimo record for 394 words for snow .. we could go into the Guiness Book of Records !!! .. Word Wizards list 395 words for rain ..

WoZ getting out his red carpet shoes .. damn looks like a squall coming
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:18 pm

WoZ getting out his red carpet shoes
Ruby slippers WoZ? Did Dorothy leave them with you?
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Re: It's drizzling

Post by Tony Farg » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:00 pm

here, when it is coming down in sheets, we usually add "but it is brightening up over there".
Which reminds me that when we first came to Wales, our neighbour pointed out that if you cannot see across the valley, it is raining, but if you can, it is going to rain.
We also use the services of the RAF as a weather guide: if the trainers are zooming about at head-height like they do, then it won't be raining today.
God help us if there is ever a war and it rains.
Nice to be back, if only intermittently. I used to have a life and some spare time, but have been up to my ears helping to run a community shop since last April. Now that I've been introduced to Prince Charles things should quieten down a bit.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:43 pm

'Ear 'ear.
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