"Can it rain cats and dogs?"

Translation:Kan det regne katter og hunder?

November 24, 2015

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chloe1395

Is it actually a Norwegian idiom too? Or a literal translation?

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/griffindd

literal translation. Det regner kattunger would be an equivalent. ('It's raining kittens')

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IzabelAltera

I thought this idiom is not used in modern English. Am I wrong? (I am not a native English speaker)

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wainwra

It's widely used in British English. Dunno about America.

April 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Snommelp

For American English, it's very dependent on your American sub-culture. Which is true for most idioms, as far as I've noticed.

July 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/griffindd

"English" is has lots of varieties so it's difficult to make statements which are valid for all of them. Oxford lists the idiom without making any comment about it being old-fashioned http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/cat?q=cat so does MW http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20cats%20and%20dogs

They both just mark it as "informal"

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OsoGegenHest

All speakers of Modern English know this expression. It sound rather quaint though. No one I know goes about saying it with any frequency. "It's pissing it down out there!" is more likely.

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheCouragousCat

To be honest, I live in the UK and I've never heard of this idiom in my life.

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CandidaBur

Seriously? I've heard it all my life!

June 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mbRDt7

Popular in America too. "It's raining cats and dogs."

June 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aleyzee

What does this mean?

September 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ycUvuSap

"Can it rain a lot?" See the links to dictionaries provided above.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marty40985

It is raining heavily

May 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aleyzee

takk

June 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reut128567

A very useful sentence.

September 4, 2017
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