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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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:

  1. It’s been rainy the past few days.
  2. 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. (โˆš)
  • It is aย rainy day (not rainy weather). (โˆš)

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.”


Posted on December 6, 2009, in Word Power and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. If it has been raining elephants and lions, I don’t think staying home and snooze is a good idea. The elephants might just flatten me when I’m asleep ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ and ‘I’m singing in the rain’…haha cannot help humming and clicking at the same time. Thanks Mr Weatherman..Have a nice day today will be sunny. เด•

    • Well, it had been raining hard a few days. Today, apparently the weather looks good. “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.” ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks, man. Keep coming back.

  3. Yes, it has been raining here as well. Just don’t feel like doing anything on a rainy day, except tugging myself in the bed. :p

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