"pouring down with rain"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Er.S.M.M.Hanifa, May 14, 2010.

  1. Er.S.M.M.Hanifa Banned

    1. It has been pouring down with rain since two o’clock.
    Is this sentence grammatically OK?
    Could I not say:
    "Rain has been pouring down since two o’clock."
    Could you please suggest the best way to tell this message?
  2. OzziBoy Senior Member

    English - Australian
    Your first option sounds better to me. That is certainly the way I would say it and the way I am used to hearing it said.

    If it's obvious you're talking about the weather, you could say "It has been pouring down since two o'clock."

    If the rain is particularly heavy, you can say "It's been bucketing down since two o'clock."

  3. ms.creant Member

    english (canadian)
    I suppose it depends on where you are speaking. I'm from Canada, and the neither option sounds right to me, though the second sounds much more natural than the first. The way I think about it, it's not the rain which is pouring, but the sky (or clouds), which pour. What they pour is rain.

    I would say:

    It has been pouring since two o'clock.
    It has been coming down since two o'clock.
    It has been pouring rain since two o'clock.
    Rain has been coming down since two o'clock.

    Also, in Canada, we might say:

    "It's been raining buckets"

    but never "bucketing". "Pouring" is a heavy rain.

  4. The first sentence is something I would say myself, though probably omitting 'with rain'.

    The second version is grammatically correct, though not very natural-sounding to me.


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