A Rainy Day
How’s the weather over there? The weather has been really horrendous in this part of the world lately. It has been raining cats, dogs, elephants and lions. On a rainy day, the best thing to do is to stay home and snooze. 😛
Is there a difference between “rainy” and “raining“? Yes, there is.
- rainy (adj.) = rains a lot
- raining (v.) = comes from the word “rain” which means water falling from the sky in small drops
Now, check out the difference:
- It’s been rainy the past few days.
- It’s been raining the past few days.
Both sentences are acceptable. The only difference is that in Sentence #1, you’re telling people that the weather has been real bad (rains a lot). In Sentence #2, you’re merely telling them the weather (that it’s been raining).
However, it is incorrect to say:
The weather is raining. (X)
- It is a rainy weather. (X)
- It is raining. (√)
- It is a rainy day (not rainy weather). (√)
Listen to how the weatherman announces weather conditions over the radio or on TV:
- “It will be sunny (not sunny weather) tomorrow.”
- “It’s cloudy (not cloudy weather) throughout the state.”
- “It’s a wet day (not rainy weather) in the city.”
- “Showers (not rainy weather) are expected in the afternoon.”