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November Rains
Patricia's Weekly Feature


       Some people don’t mind the rain, but I do.  The skies are grey, and the constant drizzle makes me want to stay inside.  Driving is more difficult because the streets are wet and slippery. The traffic is always worse.  Plus, it is harder to see out of the car windshield when the rain is smashing against it. It is also harder to see pedestrians who are frantically trying to cross the busy streets. They should definitely carry colorful umbrellas and wear bright raincoats, so they can be seen more easily. Too many accidents occur as a result of wet weather. I know the rain makes everything green, but it seems to linger too long for my liking especially in November.


1.What is the topic sentence?  Some people don’t mind the rain, but I do.

2.How many supporting detail sentences are there? There are seven supporting detail sentences that tell about the problems with rain.

3.What is the closing sentence? The closing sentence is I know the rain makes everything green, but it seems to linger too long for my liking especially in November.

4.How many compound sentences are there? There are four compound sentences: The first, second, sixth and last sentences are compound sentences. They are two sentences that are joined by these coordinators: but, and, so.

5.How many complex sentences are there?  There are two complex sentences. The third sentence uses “because” as a subordinating conjunction and the fifth uses “when”.

6.In the second sentence, what is another word for rain?  Another word for rain in the second sentence is drizzle.

7. Is there any repetition of initial consonant sounds in this paragraph?

Yes, the (d) sound is repeated in the third sentence, the (c) sound is in the seventh, the (w) sound is in the eighth and the (l) sound is in the last..

8. What adverbs are used? Inside, always, frantically, definitely, more easily, too long, and especially are all adverbs that are used.

The word “rain” can be either a noun or a verb. In the above paragraph, it is a noun. Like many common nouns, it is preceded by the definite article (the) when it is referring to a specific thing: The heavy rain caused flooding on the highway. The indefinite article “a” can be used if it not specific: A light rain in the morning is good for the garden. Sometimes, neither the definite or indefinite article is necessary: Rain is expected over the next few days. However, we also often use the word “rain” to describe an action or what it is doing especially in Vancouver. Here are some examples of “rain” as a verb:


Verb Tenses


It rains regularly in Vancouver. (simple present)

It is raining heavily now. (present progressive)

It has rained on this day every year for the past four years. (present perfect)

It has been raining for hours.(present perfect continuous)

It rained steadily last night.(simple past)

It was raining for a while yesterday. (past progressive)

It had rained for three hours before the wedding.(past perfect)

It had been raining lightly that day. (past perfect continuous)

It is going to rain for the next two days. (future using present continuous)

It might rain tonight. (conditional future)

The meteorologist said that it will rain tomorrow. (simple future)


Because there are so many different kinds of rain, we have different words for each of them. A light rain could be called a drizzle or a sprinkle. A moderate rain could be called a shower, and a heavy rain could be called a downpour. Drizzle and sprinkle can be used as verbs but shower cannot. Downpour should be changed to just pour. Now try the following quizzes to see if you can match the sentences to the verb tenses.

Verb Tenses Quiz 1

Verb Tenses Quiz 2

Vancouver Forecast (pray for sun!)


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