I’d like to know if it’s idiomatically correct to say the following:

The clouds gather into a storm.

Does the word “gather” make sense in this context?

  • Is it an idiom? No. Does it make sense to most English readers? Yes. Can you use it? Yes. Apr 14, 2021 at 18:19
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    The unusual element is the into a storm. While storm clouds are often said to gather, (storm) clouds are not said to gather into anything. Apr 14, 2021 at 20:13

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It is common in English to read descriptions of storm clouds "gathering." In fact, 'Storm Clouds Gathering' is the title of more than one book currently for sale on Amazon.com.

Here is a quote from the 14th Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, using "clouds...gathering" within a war metaphor:

"The Depression was an incredibly dramatic episode - an era of stock-market crashes, breadlines, bank runs and wild currency speculation, with the storm clouds of war gathering ominously in the background ... For my money, few periods are so replete with human interest." -- Ben Bernanke

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