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French: Rain

I've learned 3 different ways to say rain in French: 1. il pleut 2. il y a de la pluie 3. il va pleuvoir and I was wondering when to use each one. I'm aware that the third one is future tense, so is pleuvoir only used in future tense? What's the difference between the first and second one?

Also, do you use these same things for snow (neige)?

Thanks!

July 12, 2020

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

So basically Il pleut = it's raining il y a de la pluie = there is rain Il va pleuvoir = it's going to rain


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

As far as I know, or at least I say, "Il pleut" is used for saying "it's raining" as in outside/now. "Il y a de la pluie" is pretty well the same thing, and can be used interchangeably, although I find it's much more common to hear "Il pleut". For "pleuvoir", that is the verb used to describe when it has/will rained. Pleuvoir is the infitif, meaning the non-conjugated sense of the verb. "Il va pleuvoir" is not actually the fututre tense, that would be "Il pleuvra". The part of "Il va pleuvoir" that makes it in the future is "va" a conjugation of "aller". At my school, we call this "Futur proche" because it's a cheat way to say something will happen in the future without conjugating the verb. I know I used a lot of quotation marks, but I hope this helps at least a little!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

The part of "Il va pleuvoir" that makes it in the future is "va" a conjugation of "aller". At my school, we call this "Futur proche" because it's a cheat way to say something will happen in the future without conjugating the verb.

This is indeed the future proche, it is a valid future tense in french grammar and not a cheat way to say something will happen in the future.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UnicornLacey9

Il pleut stands for its raining as far as I am aware

Sorry if I was no help MPClydesdale


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

Got it, thanks guys!

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