There will be little/small rains about noon.

Are "little" and "small" interchangeable here?

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We don't use size-adjectives - like big, large, little or small - when describing rain. We describe its density, using light or heavy.

Note too that rain in this context is singular.


There will be light rain at about noon.

There will be a shower (or showers) around noon.

  • So the wrong collocations of "little rain", "small rain" are widespread: Google 4,680,000 hits for "little rain"; 641,000 hits for "small rain".
    – NewPlanet
    Nov 28, 2020 at 7:24
  • @NewPlanet "There has been little rain" does not describe the size of the raindrops. "Small rain clouds" don't contain small rain and neither do small rain showers , small rain shadows, small rain frogs, small rain trees, small rain hats or small rain bags. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:10
  • Rain is often plural. e.g. “The summer rains meant a good crop this year.”
    – jwpfox
    Nov 28, 2020 at 8:17
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    @jwpfox Thank you. I've changed it. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:23
  • What about "thunder"? Only "heavy thunder" is acceptable? Doesn't "small/big thunder" work?
    – NewPlanet
    Nov 28, 2020 at 8:24

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