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Which are correct:


1) It can't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

2) Can it rain day after tomorrow?

3) It can rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.


4) It couldn't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

5) Could it rain day after tomorrow?

6) It could rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.


I think '2' is incorrect and the other ones are fine!


Gratefully,

Navi

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All of them are grammatically correct, but only 5 and 6 sound like idiomatic English to me.

navitasan1) It can't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

Idiomatically: It won't rain tomorrow. ...

But also: It can't rain tomorrow because we've planned a picnic.
That is: It mustn't rain tomorrow because ....
(Different idea: It would be a disaster if it rained tomorrow.)

navitasan2) Can it rain day after tomorrow?

Idiomatically: Could it rain ...?

navitasan3) It can rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.

Idiomatically: It could rain .... / It might rain ....
More formally: It may rain ....

navitasan4) It couldn't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

Idiomatically: It won't rain tomorrow. ...

navitasan5) Could it rain day after tomorrow?

OK as is.

navitasan6) It could rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.

OK as is. See 3 for further suggestions.


By the way, "day after tomorrow" is not wrong, but it's much more common to use "the day after tomorrow".

CJ

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navitasan

These sentences do not have the natural construction as written. Much of the problem is the improper use of modal words.


Which are correct:


1) It can't Won't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

It won't rain tomorrow because the forecast said it will be sunny.


2) Can it rain day after tomorrow?

Will it rain day after tomorrow?

3) It can rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.

It may rain day after tomorrow; then it may not.

4) It couldn't Won't rain tomorrow. The weather forecast said it will definitely be sunny.

5) Could Will it rain day after tomorrow?

6) It could rain day after tomorrow. Then again, it might not.

This essentially is the same as # 3

I think '2' is incorrect and the other ones are fine!


Gratefully,

Navi