Life is beginning to look up a bit- the heavy rain has stopped .

The rain has stopped and people are walking away

After the rain is stopped slowly His father leads him to the village

The librarian says you have to go home now,the rain is stopped.

Need explanation on when to use passive - present perfect and passive - simple present.

what is the meaning of below sentences:

train has stopped

train is stopped

Give me one example using above two sentences.

  • I don't think the rain is stopped is correct (or at least it sounds odd) in 3 & 4. Also in 3 slowly in not correctly used (, slowly his??). What is the source of these examples?
    – user3169
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 21:13

1 Answer 1


Use of stopped as the complement of BE might imply either of two readings:

  • A passive sense, in which the rain is the Patient of the verb stop and would act as its direct object in an active sentence: “Something stopped the rain.” That does not appear to be the case here, and it is not a way in which we ordinarily speak of rain. Rather, rain is commonly treated as the Agent of its activity: “The rain started” (not “The rain was started” ), “The rain kept falling” or “The rain it raineth every day”.

  • A ‘deverbal’ sense, in which stopped is felt to act entirely as an adjective, with no feeling of verbness. Stopped does play this role occasionally—we might say that “A train was stopped on the siding”—but even there it is more usual to say that that the train had stopped.

This is not to say that rain is stopped is either unknown or incorrect. It does occur—you can find instances on Google—but most of these derive from non-native speakers or from works of fiction which exhibit an aspiration to literariness which they fail to achieve.

I would avoid this use, and stick with the perfects.

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