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How do I use the verb "to rain"?Fill in the blanks:-It ______ (not rain) for months...
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- It has not rained for months.
- It has not rained for months; now suddenly it has been raining for hours.
Elementary School Teacher
It did not rain for months, now suddenly it is raining for hours.
Posted by najm1947 on September 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM (Answer #1)
Middle School Teacher
For the first blank you will use present perfect. Present perfect is formed with a combination of the auxiliary verb “have” as either "have" or "has" with the past participle form of “rain” as "rained."
In the second half, you can use present perfect progressive to show an ongoing action because of the words “now” and “suddenly” in the sentence.
The use of “for hours” indicates that we need an ongoing continues action. For that, we use progressive aspect (also called continuous) "have/has" with the present participle form of "rain" as "raining."
Posted by litteacher8 on December 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM (Answer #2)
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