it's raining vs it's rainy Hello! Is there any difference between "it's raining" and "it's rainy"? As i understand it - "it's raining" describes the right now situation while "it's rainy" describes the today weather on the whole. Am I correct or not? I don't mean the phrase "it's a rainy day". I'm interested in these two phrases used by themselves.
Nov 25, 2017 8:45 PM
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"It's raining" means that rain is falling right now. If we walk outside, we will get wet. "It's rainy" means that this is a day when we can expect rain now and then. Perhaps it is not raining now, but we can see that the ground is wet because it was raining earlier, and we can see dark clouds that suggest it will be raining again soon.
November 26, 2017
Pretty much what you said yeah, but I'd say on top of that that "it's rainy" means that it rains a little bit, not as much as "it's raining".
November 25, 2017
That's exactly correct! Great grasp of the difference. I would also say that "it's rainy" could be used to describe how a place tends to be - for example, "What's Portland [Oregon] like?" "It's rainy, but I like it."
November 25, 2017
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