piovere

show comment

In compound tenses the auxiliary BE is selected if the predicate is telic, whilst both BE and HAVE may occur if the process is atelic (Sorace 2000: 878, Cennamo 2010).
Several weather verbs allow also a transitive use - although with a partial change of meaning whereby the verb becomes a telic change of location verb, with the meaning 'come down, fall' - with inanimate subjects (less frequently with animate ones). Most typically the subject is postverbal and indefinite.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(416)
Piove a dirotto.
piov-e
rain-PRS.3SG
a
to
dirotto
hard
‘It is raining hard.’
(609)
È piovuto molto in poco tempo.
è
be.PRS.3SG
piovut-o
rain.PP-M.SG
molt-o
a_lot-M.SG
in
in
poc-o
a_few-M.SG
temp-o
time-M.SG
‘It rained a lot in a short time.’
(610)
Improvvisamente ha / è piovuto.
improvvisa-mente
sudden-ADV
ha
have.PRS.3SG
/
/
è
be.PRS.3SG
piovut-o
rain.PP-M.SG
‘Suddenly it rained.’
(804)
Piovvero granate da tutte le parti.
piovve-ro
rain.PST-3PL
granat-e
grenade-F.PL
da
from
tutt-e
all-F.PL
le
ART.DEF.F.PL
part-i
part-F.PL
‘Grenades were falling everywhere.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# RAIN Coding set Argument type

Alternations