I'm familiar with "it won't snow". But do English speakers never say "snow won't fall"?

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    "Snow will not fall unless the meteorological conditions are exactly right." Nov 22, 2023 at 8:44
  • @KateBunting Is any English speaker use "snow won't fall" instead of "it won't snow"?
    – user180525
    Nov 22, 2023 at 8:46
  • Does any English speaker use it? See this Ngram. Nov 22, 2023 at 8:53
  • @KateBunting Does "snow will not fall" and "it won't snow mean the same"?
    – user180525
    Nov 22, 2023 at 8:54
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    You asked "Do English speakers never say "Snow won't fall"? I demonstrated to you that we sometimes do, although "It won't snow" is undoubtedly the usual way to say it. If you had included the reason for your confusion in your question, I could have explained it better. Nov 22, 2023 at 9:10

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To turn this around, do Korean people never say "It won't snow"? Why not?

In Korean (as I understand it) there is no verb "to snow". So in Korean you need to use a verb like "fall" or "come".

English is not Korean. In English there is a verb "to snow" and a noun "snow". It is grammatically correct to say "Snow won't fall". And it is grammatically correct to say "It won't snow". However only the second is idiomatic.

You would use "Snow won't fall" if you want to particularly focus on the "falling" aspect. "Snow won't fall in Edinburgh tonight but there will be deep drifts from yesterday". Even then the "It won't snow" form would mean the same.

There's nothing confusing, if you remember that English isn't the same as word-by-word translated Korean. Sometimes we have a verb that you don't have. Sometimes we don't have a verb that you do have, and in those cases word by word translation will be bad or wrong.

  • As for what is idiomatic? What is idiomatic in Korean? "눈이낙하하다" or "눈이떨어진다" or 눈이 오다 . Why? There is no logic to what is idiomatic.
    – James K
    Nov 22, 2023 at 22:21
  • 눈 오다 is the most used expression. Because "이“ which is a subject-indicator can be omitted". 비 (rain) 오다.
    – user180525
    Nov 23, 2023 at 9:10

Snow won't fall would be very strange. No native speaker of English who is engaged in an informal conversation with another native speaker would choose that way to say "We are not going to get snow today" unless there are some special and highly unusual circumstances to justify it.

  • "It won't snow today" OK
  • "It's not going to snow today" OK

By definition snow is frozen water that falls from the sky. When it snows (verb), it implies that the snow (noun) is falling down.

  • "Snow won't fall today“ much less common but understandable.

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