What is the correct answer to the question?

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FutureGadgetsLab Wed 04-May-16 13:32:02

A practise English paper for year 6 question. The question was to work out whether something was certain, possible or impossible. So "I may go to Ella's house" is possible, "I am going out" is definite and so on.

The question was "it may rain cats and dogs, if we have a storm"

What would your answer to this question be? I'm convinced the answer book is wrong.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Wed 04-May-16 13:33:28

Impossible.

Cats and dogs plummeting from the sky won't happen.

misskatamari Wed 04-May-16 13:33:28

It may leads me to go with possible, but obviously it won't actually rain cats and dogs, so impossible?

sleepyhead Wed 04-May-16 13:33:28

Possible?

Becky546 Wed 04-May-16 13:33:30

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Mishmashpotatoes Wed 04-May-16 13:33:43

Impossible? Is it a trick question?

FutureGadgetsLab Wed 04-May-16 13:35:00

I don't have the paper to hand Becky but it was a statement saying it may rain cats and dogs, and you had to choose whether it was possible, impossible or certain.

RobinsAreTerritorialFuckers Wed 04-May-16 13:35:28

I am not quite sure why, but I think I'd write 'It might rain cats and dogs, if we have a storm'.

I agree it's grammatically possible and logically impossible!

sleepyhead Wed 04-May-16 13:35:38

Raining cats and dogs is a standard English idiom surely? An average English speaker would be willfully misunderstanding the writer's intention if they took it literally, so I would say that impossible isn't correct.

Wordsaremything Wed 04-May-16 13:36:12

Have they been taught about figurative speech?

OrangePeels Wed 04-May-16 13:36:24

Possible I suppose if the cats and dogs get caught up in a tornado and fall from the sky...

Though I think the answer should be impossible.

Wordsaremything Wed 04-May-16 13:36:57

Agree sleepy.

YesILikeItToo Wed 04-May-16 13:37:24

Possible. If there's a storm, bad weather is certain, but not necessarily heavy rain. Could be wind or snow.

sleepyhead Wed 04-May-16 13:37:46

And actually, if there was such a severe storm that the local cat & dog home was sucked up by a tornado then it might rain cats and dogs, so taken literally it's very improbable, but not impossible.

FutureGadgetsLab Wed 04-May-16 13:38:44

Intetesting to see its divisive. I told someone the answer was impossible because cats and dogs don't rain from the sky, however the answer is possible apparently...

I have Asperger's and I wondered if it was just me or if others would also interpret it this way. I have no idea why they have to write such confusing questions.

Scholes34 Wed 04-May-16 13:39:49

OrangePeels - having watched Sharknado, I would say it's quite possible it may rain cats and dogs, under the right circumstances.

Cocochoco Wed 04-May-16 13:40:20

If you accept it is a metaphor then this is possible; if you do not, it is impossible.

So a badly worded question, which has two possible correct answers depending on your perspective. Stupid!

joopy79 Wed 04-May-16 13:40:53

It's possible. It's a well known idiom. No one interprets it literally. I think you're over thinking this you think it's impossible.

FutureGadgetsLab Wed 04-May-16 13:44:43

So a badly worded question, which has two possible correct answers depending on your perspective. Stupid!

It's awfully worded isn't it?! At least it isn't just me.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Wed 04-May-16 13:46:31

So what's snow?

Raining white rabbits??

Clandestino Wed 04-May-16 13:51:56

depends on how you take it.
If you take it totally literally, i.e. without language context, it's impossible.
If you take it as a phrase used to describe a very heavy rain, it's possible or certain.

splendide Wed 04-May-16 13:54:29

I would go with possible, treating the "cats and dogs" as an accepted idiom for heavy rain. It's arguable either way though.

splendide Wed 04-May-16 13:55:37

Actually it could even be certain - as a storm by definition includes heavy rain (maybe?). Tricky.

splendide Wed 04-May-16 13:57:11

Actually the whole thing is stupid.

"It may rain". This statement means it is possible it will rain. But the status of the statement is certain - it certainly may rain.

Sorry I'll stop now.

WhereInTheWorldToNext Wed 04-May-16 13:58:07

It's not "awfully worded".

Firstly raining cats and digs is a well known idiom.

Secondly the learning objective is key and therefore it's clear what you are being asked to distinguish between.

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