'It started to rain.' or 'It is starting to rain.'

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aiueo

New Member
Japanese
Hi,
I have a question.

a) It started to rain.
b) It is starting to rain.

1. Are both sentences grammatically correct?

2. Is there any difference between both sentences?

3. It began to rain a while ago, and it is still raining now.
In this case, which sentence is correct?

Thank you, in advance.
 
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    a) It started to rain. = Some time ago, the rain began. Nothing is said about whether it is still raining or not.

    b) It is starting to rain. = Right now, the rain is beginning to fall.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    a) It started to rain. -> simple past tense. The event took place in the past.
    b) It is starting to rain. -> present continuous tense. The event is taking place at the moment.

    1. Are both sentences grammatically correct? -> Yes

    2. Is there any difference between both sentences? -> Yes, see above.

    3. It began to rain a while ago, and it is still raining now.
    In this case, which sentence is correct? You have only one sentence comprising two co-ordinated clauses. As a whole idea, the sentence is correct but I would not have put a comma in it.
     
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