WOTW: rain

| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |

triplo word of the week - rain

 

今週の #WOTW は「rain」です。’Rain’ can be a noun or a verb, and it’s also used in a couple of phrases. It doesn’t always mean ‘water falling from the sky’. You want to know these phrases so you can use them, so keep on reading!

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Let’s begin with ‘rain’ as a noun:

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- Rain is what makes this country so green, so don’t complain! (water falling visibly in separate drops from the atmosphere)

- Boy, it’s pouring with rain today! (see above. This means that it’s raining heavily)

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We can sometimes use it in its plural form:

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- Heavy rains fall suddenly during rainy season, causing floods. (falls of rains, relatively short)

- A rain of questions fell upon him. (a big and overwhelming quantity of something falling)

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The verb is used so:

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- Why does it always rain on my day off? (rain falls)

- An untold number of bombs rained down on Laos during the 60s and 70s. (to fall or cause to fall in large quantities)

- At some point it was raining champagne. It was a crazy party! (see above)

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It’s time for the always interesting phrases now:

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- [be as right as rain] You miss her now, but you’ll be as right as rain, I promise. (be perfectly fit and well)

- [make it rain] I know it’s wrong, but I like when they make it rain on hip-hop videos. (throw paper money in the air so that it showers down on someone, originally on a stripper)

- [make it rain] He’s always making it rain and then complaints he has no savings. (spend money lavishly or extravagantly on unnecessary things)

- [rain cats and dogs] I wouldn’t go out now. It’s raining cats and dogs. (it’s raining very hard)

- [rain on someone’s parade] Why are you always raining on my parade? (prevent someone from doing something they want to door spoil their plans)

- [(come) rain or shine] She bathes in the river, rain or shine. (whether it rinser not, whatever the weather)

- [(come) rain or shine] I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you, come rain or come shine. (whatever happens, in any situation)

- [to be rained off] The concert was rained off, so we all went home. (be cancelled because of rain)

- [take a/the rain check] I’m so tired I think I’ll take a rain check tonight, but let’s hang out some time soon. (not participate in a event or do something with someone while implying you’d like to so it some other time)

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発音は /reɪn/です。音節は1つです。RとLの発音は違いますので、気をつけてください。Rの音を出す時は、舌を口の真ん中で巻いてみてください。また来週!

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