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Unread Jun 5th, 2016, 02:35 am
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Default Can you describe a wind as hard, heavy or strong?

I am not sure if I can use the following adjectives and adverbs when I talk about winds.

(1) a strong wind
(2) a hard wind
(3) a heavy wind

(4) A wind is blowing strongly.
(5) A wind is blowing hard.
(6) A wind is blowing heavily.

These adjectives and adverbs sound OK in my native language. I am not sure if they work in English. Please explain my question. Thank you very much.
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Unread Jun 6th, 2016, 10:21 am
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Default Re: Can you describe a wind as hard, heavy or strong?

Correct versions :

(1) a strong wind / strong winds

(3) heavy winds

(4) The wind is blowing strongly. Possible but less likely than....
(5) The wind is blowing hard.

Weather collocations are, as you can see, weird. Some adjectives are fine with nouns, but the related adverb can't be used with the verb; some adjectives are fine with singular or plural nouns, some are restricted to plurals. And so on. it's the same for other weather conditions like rain, snow etc too
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