More heavy showers are forecast for tonight

More heavy showers are forecast for tonight.

Question: I’d like to know the forecast in this sentence is working as a verb or noun.

Thank you!!!

Forecast is working as a verb

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I believe it’s an example of a passive verb. It is not a noun in the example you give. I guess it’s an irregular verb since it’s not in the past-tense form, as in “More heavy showers are predicted for tonight”.

“More heavy showers are in the forecast for tonight” is an example where “forecast” is a noun.

[I’m learning Russian here, and even though the grammar is very complex, at least it’s usually obvious what’s a noun, verb, or adjective. That must be challenging for learners of English!]


Good answer! I agree; it is a passive construction. In addition, “forecast” is indeed the past tense of “forecast.”

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The verb in the sentence is “are forcast”. The tense is simple present. The sentence is written in passive voice, not active voice.

Showers are predicted. = Showers are forecast. = Showers are forecasted…

Both “forcast” and “forcasted” are spellings of the past participle form of the verb “to forcast”.