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  • It doesn't rain but it pours

    I'd like to confirm if that's a real English idiom/proverbe (or something similar) or just a phrase I red in some book...
    www.lingostan.com

  • #2
    I believe that the real English saying is "When it rains, it pours". The author of the book must have modified it.

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    • #3
      "When it rains, it pours." is indeed the correct term.

      This expression says that when something bad happens, there is more to follow that is much worse. Almost like all of your bad luck comes at once.

      It's possible that you have seen this posted as "It doesn't rain but it pours" to express a similar idea. This is definitely a comprehensible form for a native speaker but of course tough to pick up for an English student.

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      • #4
        Ahaha, could be that the original was "when it rains it pours", and was my mind who changed it.
        Ok guys, thanks a lot!
        www.lingostan.com

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        • #5
          "It never rains but it pours" is quite common; never heard the others!

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