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It is a slow rain.

It is a big rain.

Are they OK?

Thank you
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Hi,

It is a slow rain. OK, but not something you'd commonly say. Perhaps it's a steady rain.

It is a big rain. You'd more likely say it's a heavy rain.

You could also omit the 'a'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Clive
Hi,

It is a slow rain. OK, but not something you'd commonly say. Perhaps it's a steady rain.

It is a big rain. You'd more likely say it's a heavy rain.

You could also omit the 'a'.

Best wishes, Clive

I agree, the collocation of "slow" with "rain" is not common at all. Interesting how it seems to work here though when collocated with "rain of fireflies":

" Then suddenly the stars began to show up and people gathered round the ropes and paid attention. And "oh" they went as their heads tipped back, and "oo-oo-oh" as the slow rain of fireflies sank through the air to invisibility against the earth. Something in the blood adjusted to the expectation of the flight, the whoosh, the pause while it hung silent and concentrated in the air, and then "

Persephone. Joseph, Jenny. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe books Ltd, 1986, pp. 117-260
I could only find one example of "big rain" in the British National Corpus (BNC):

dusty to walk on! It was cool and green in her gran's house out in the trees between the village and the sea. Maybe the cormorants were staying home today. If there was big rain they'd be wise. She loped over to the rocks and squatted, eyes still on the empty sky, fingers tugging at the lines like every day. She glanced at her fingertips as they prickled with stickiness --; what


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Genre
W_fict_prose

Subject
W_imaginative

Medium
book

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Source info
I believe in angels. Cooper, Fiona. London: Serpent's Tail, 1993, pp. 1-128. 3268 s-units.

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