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2007.06.27(Review of 2003.06.25 edition)

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HEAVY / LIGHT (rain)   激しい雨/小雨


  • When there is heavy rain or when it rains heavily or hard, a lot of rain falls in a short period of time.

    When there is light rain or when it rains lightly, only a little rain falls.

    Be Careful! “It's raining cats and dogs” is an interesting way to say “It's raining heavily”, but the expression is rarely used in actual conversation.
  • heavy rain または、 it rains heavily / hard と言うと、短時間にたくさん降る雨、つまり、激しい雨(が降る)、という意味です。

    light rain または、it rains lightly は、小雨(が降る)、という意味です。

    注意: It's raining cats and dogs. は、It's raining heavily. のちょっとおもしろい言い方ですが、この表現が実際の会話で使われることは、あまりありません。

HEAVY / LIGHT (rain)


  1. We've had some heavy rain in the past few days, so many of the roads are flooded.
  2. It's been raining heavily all day, and the kids are tired of staying inside.
  3. I don't think they'll stop the soccer match unless it really rains hard.
  4. (weatherman on TV news)
    Expect light rain in the morning, with skies clearing by the afternoon.
  5. a: Is it still raining?
    b: Just lightly.

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