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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  07/NOV/2012 1:15 AM
Assunto:  Heavy or hard rain
 
Mensagem:      Significa chover à cantaros, chover muiiito.  (to rain a lot...), so in many a context it is the same as "heavy rain - rain heavily"

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/rain_13

[intransitive] Sound effect: rain if it rains, water falls in drops from clouds in the sky

Just as we were leaving home it started to rain.
rain heavily/hard (=to rain a lot):

It had been raining heavily all day.
Thesaurus entry for this meaning of  rainThesaurus entry for this meaning of rain



   I often have seen hard rain with a negative bias, I would translate the following tittle as "muita chuva" or "chuva pesada''.  Something like that.


http://www.7dvt.com/2011hard-rain
Hard Rain
...
 She says multiple factors made Irene into a monster.

Topography played a huge role, she says, as the storm parked itself between two mountain ranges — the Adirondacks and Green Mountains — and dumped rain incessantly for several hours.


Again, the word "suggests"  too much rain, and the negative effect...
once again I would translate it into "muita chuva", "chuvas fortes" or "um toró" et cetera.   Well, these three words have slight different "gradients" of raining...but would do, in different contexts, obviuosly.

 

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Here, not a negative context, but notice that to make water pool in the desert it have to be a lot of rain!  hard rain also might be found in some places as "pouring rain", and you can find definitions as equivalent to "rainning cats and dogs".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Piestewa
The Piestewa family resided in a trailer park in Tuba City, a town located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Coconino County.[10] As a child, she was given the Hopi name Qötsa-Hon-Mana (Hopi pronunciation: [ˈḵøt͡sa ˈhon ˈmana], White Bear Girl).[7] Her surname is derived from a Hopi language root meaning "water pooled on the desert by a hard rain"; thus, Piestewa (Hopi: [piˈɛstɛwa]) translates loosely as "the people who live by the water."

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    It is not used so often as "heavy rain", tough.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Heavy or hard rain  –  Aman  06/NOV/2012, 10:42 PM
Heavy or hard rain  –  Josi  06/NOV/2012, 11:59 PM
 Heavy or hard rain  –  PPAULO  07/NOV/2012, 1:15 AM
Heavy or hard rain  –  Fabio Fernandes  08/NOV/2012, 12:41 AM
Heavy or hard rain  –  PPAULO  08/NOV/2012, 9:17 AM
Heavy or hard rain  –  Aman  09/NOV/2012, 9:26 PM
Heavy or hard rain  –  PPAULO  10/NOV/2012, 10:19 AM
Heavy or hard rain  –  Tiago T.  22/NOV/2012, 2:50 AM

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