I am wondering if we can say "It is raining tomorrow " instead of "It is going to rain tomorrow".

I often say "It is raining tomorrow " but someone told me that was wrong.

I would be very pleased if someone can answer this question.

Thank you,



It Is Raining Tomorrow Or It Is Going To Rain Tomorrow

Which is correct: It is raining tomorrow or It is going to rain tomorrow

The correct sentence is: It is going to rain tomorrow.

Why do we say, "It is going to rain tomorrow?"

When we say, "It is going to rain tomorrow," we know that we're talking about the future. In this case, we're using Simple Future Tense.

We use Simple Future Tense when we want to talk about something that hasn't happened yet but will happen in the future and end in the future.


I will go for a walk tomorrow.

Grandma will knit a scarf on Friday.

Learn how to use Simple Future

To form a sentence using Simple Future tense, you need to know two formulas:

1) will + [root form of verb]


I will lend you my book tomorrow.

You will see what happens once we open the door.

She will dance at the recital.

will + [root form of verb] is a formal way of speech, so feel free to use it in formal writing.

2) am/is/are going to + [root form of verb]


I am going to lend you my book tomorrow.

You are going to see what happens once we open the door.

She is going to dance at the recital.

Simple Future is very simple, so the formulas don't have many variations, and you can memorize them and use them while describing something that starts and ends in the future.

going to + [root form of verb] is mostly used in informal speech.

Why is "It is raining tomorrow" incorrect?

Let's break this sentence down:

Am/are/is + ing + tomorrow

[Am/are/is + ing] is the indicator of Present Continuous tense, while we also use an indicator word for future - tomorrow.

We use Present Continuous to describe an event happening RIGHT NOW and might continue occurring in the future (but we don't know that).

So, by saying, "It is raining tomorrow," we also say that we have been in tomorrow, and we know that it's raining there - which doesn't comply with the logic of time and space.

You might hear this mistake a lot, so be cautious to catch it and eradicate it.

"It will rain tomorrow" vs. "It is going to rain tomorrow"

Let's discuss this pair as well, so you'll be well-educated around this subject and know all the ways out.

As we discussed earlier, Simple Future has two forms (will + [root form of verb] and am/is/are going to + [root form of verb]). Judging by that, both "it will rain tomorrow" and "it is going to rain tomorrow" are in Simple Future Tense.

Grammatically, they are both correct, and you can use them without any doubt.

But they do have a slight difference between them.

"It is going to rain" is more definitive. "Is going to" part gives the sentence more authority and can be used as a statement of fact (backed up by the official sources).

Example 1:

"I think it is going to rain."

"It will rain" is more of an opinion rather than a fact.

Example 2:

"I think it will rain.”

This sentence sounds like an opinion, but the chances are that it will probably rain, but you're doubtful.

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present progressive forms - is verb ing and is going to verb (base form) are usually used to refer to something already planned

With regard to rain, which is something far fetched, I prefer you say "It may rain tomorrow" .

In case you are too sure of the rain you can say "It is going to rain tomorrow".
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Thank you very much for your reply.

So no one uses " It 's raining tomorrow" even when you are too sure that it will?
It is going to rain tomorrow. This implies there is some indicationnow of rain tomorrow.

It is raining tomorrow. (??) Arrangements for rain have already been made. If is this possible you can use it.
Thank you very much for your kind replies.

I completely understand it now!! Weather is uncontrollable.

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Two things I noticed in your question. One is, that it is raining tomorrow is something that used by native born speakers. Is signifies happening in the present. The statement of certainty would be it is going to rain tomorrow.
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Yoshi, it has nothing to do with the predictability of weather, rather it is going to mean something that's in the future.
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