Talking About Weather: Rain

The weather is one of the most frequently talked about subjects when making small talk or meeting new people. In this blog series, I’m going give you different ways to discuss different kinds of weather. Today’s blog will be on RAIN. Let’s take a look.


Mist is a type or rain that almost hangs in the air. The water is smaller than a rain drop, but still causes the ground to be wet. I think of mist as a wet fog. This word can be used as a noun (mist), adjective (misty), or a verb (misting). Here are some examples on how to use these words when speaking:


“There is a light mist outside.” Mist is being used as a noun in this example.

“It’s a cold and misty night.” Misty is an adjective.

“It’s misting outside.” Misting is a verb.


Shower is a noun that refers to a type of rain that lasts a short amount of time. The amount of time is the most important thing there. A shower can be a light rain or a heavy rain.


It looks like it’s just a quick shower.”

“We will have rain showers on and off all day.”

“I got caught in a rain shower! I’m drenched!”


A downpour is a noun used to express a very heavy rain. Sometimes a downpour can be so heavy that it becomes difficult to see when driving or walking.


“It’s supposed to downpour tomorrow” (Future Tense)

“It’s a torrential downpour out there.” (Present Tense)

“The downpour was so heavy I could hardly see 10 feet in front of me.” (Past Tense)


This verb is a variation of downpour (very heavy rain) and only used with an “ing” at the end of the word: pouring. This word can be used in present in past tense, present tense, and future tense.


“It’ll start pouring on us in a minute, let’s get inside.” (Future Tense)

“It’s pouring outside!” (Present Tense)

“It was pouring early but I don’t think it is any more.” (Past Tense)

“It poured all day yesterday.” (Past tense -ed)


A drizzle is more than a mist, but a little less than a rain.


“There is a light drizzle outside.” (Past Tense)

“It’s drizzling out.” (Present Tense)

“It’s drizzled on and off most of the day.” (Future Tense)


A sprinkle is a type of rain very similar to a drizzle, but more consistent. The rain drops are very small and light but the drops come down consistently.


“It’s sprinkling out.”

“I don’t think it’s supposed to rain much today, just a light sprinkle.”

“It sprinkled most of the day yesterday.”

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