Feeling as right as rain
Compiled by John Millen
'And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.' G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer
What is ...?
1 acid rain
a. rain that falls in desert regions at certain times of the year
b. rain that contains harmful chemicals caused by pollution
2 a rain gauge
a. an instrument for measuring how much rain falls
b. a weather report focusing only on rain
3 driving rain
a. a light shower of rain
b. heavy rain that is blown about by strong winds
4 a rainbow
a. something you wear to keep your head dry when it is raining
b. a multi-coloured band of light that happens when sunlight shines through raindrops
5 a rainforest
a. an area full of trees set up by governments to provide shelter from bad weather
b. a forest with lots of different plant and animal species, found in tropical areas
The right rain
Complete these sentences by choosing the correct phrase from the brackets.
1 Over the past 50 years, (acid rain / driving rain) has done a great deal of damage to old buildings.
2 As the storm died down, we saw a beautiful (rain gauge/rainbow) over the hills.
3 We are doing weather experiments in geography this week. I'm in charge of the (rainforest/ rain gauge) in the playground.
4 Please sign our petition to protect the (rainbows/rainforests) in Brazil.
5 There's (rain water / driving rain) outside at the moment. Let's wait a while before we go out.
As right as rain
What do these phrasal verbs mean?
1 to rain down
a. to suddenly fall onto the floor
b. to fall from above in large amounts
2 to rain something off
a. to begin an event late
b. to cause an event to be cancelled because it is raining
3 to be as right as rain
a. to feel perfectly well
b. to suddenly rain
4 to rain on someone's parade
a. to do something that spoils somebody's plans
b. to force someone to do something they don't want to do
5 to be raining cats and dogs
a. to be raining in a forest
b. to be raining heavily
6 to take a rain check
a. to bring a waterproof coat, traditionally made from tartan material, with you
b. to say no to an invitation with the aim of accepting it at a later date
Fill in the gaps in these sentences with the correct words.
1 You'll need your umbrella. It's ______________ outside.
a. raining cats and dogs
b. raining mice and fish
2 Don't worry. I just feel a bit dizzy. I'll ______________in a few moments.
a. be raining down
b. be as right as rain
3 Whenever I plan to do something special, my dad always ______________.
a. comes in out of the rain.
b. rains on my parade.
4 The tennis match was ______________ last Saturday.
a. rained down
b. rained off
5 I'll have to ______________ on your invitation to the theatre. I have athletics practice after school that day, sorry!
a. take a rain check
b. be right as rain
6 Confetti ______________ from the buildings along Buckingham Palace Road as Prince William and his bride drove through the cheering crowds.
a. never rains, but pours
b. rained down
1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b
The right rain
1. acid rain, 2. rainbow, 3. rain gauge, 4. rainforests, 5. driving rain
As right as rain
1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. b, 6. b
1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a, 6. b