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Joe Kim
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:46:01 PM

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You say:
This is rain/drizzle.
It's raining/drizzling.

But, why
It's rain and it's a drizzle?

Why do you think drizzle be countable ?
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:24:36 PM

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Some words for the weather can be either countable (when referring to an event or occurrence) or uncountable (for a kind or type of weather).

"I was expecting a hard rain, but so far all I've seen is drizzle."
"We're in the middle of a drought; the crops have been suffering from drought for a long time."

thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:26:41 PM

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Because that is just the way it is.

You can have both.

You have rain, and you have drizzle. It's raining. It's drizzling.

But rain is what falls - raindrops, water droplets. It is uncountable. You can have a rainstorm or a rainshower. But not 'a rain'. (Well, you can, but it is more poetic, not standard conversation about the weather.)

Similarly you can have snow or hail or sleet, but these are uncountable. Because they fall as snowflakes or hailstones or sleet - I don't know what sleet falls as. Usually it is moving sideways, anyway, not falling. Whistle

Whereas a drizzle is the weather conditions - a drizzle, a mist, a fog. You can't split it up into individual parts.

But you can have drizzle, mist and fog.

Do you still expect logic when talking about the weather? Whistle


Gabriel82
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:47:34 AM

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Joe Kim wrote:
You say:
This is rain/drizzle.
It's raining/drizzling.

But, why
It's rain and it's a drizzle?

Why do you think drizzle be countable ?


Just to answer and make the difference 100% clear on when you use rain and drizzle: rain is (as a poster put it) when you have raindrops and the speed of them falling is unimportant: it may be classified as a "light rain," a "soaking rain," a "hard rain" or a "gentle rain." If it rains, there will be measurable precipitation, it will soak into the ground and there will be some runoff depending on how long and how much it rains. However, when it drizzles, that can be far closer to mist or misting, but this will not generally produce measurable precipitation.
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