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Is there a verb that fits this analogy:

to rain is to rainy, as ___ is to sunny?

I know you can say that it is now raining, but can you say that it is now ___, meaning it is sunny? Is there a verb for this weather? ... "sunshining"? "sunlighting"? "sunshowing"?

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The sun is shining. Don't need the dummy it if there's an actual agent. –  RegDwigнt May 29 '12 at 20:33
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@sidran32- "To sun" is a verb- it means to lie or bask in the sun, as in the lizard is on the rock sunning himself. It doesn't mean what iglvzx said. –  Jim May 29 '12 at 21:15
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@sidran32- No, I don't think you can say that. (Well ok you could say that, but everybody would give you strange looks and wonder what country you came from.) –  Jim May 29 '12 at 21:59
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@sidran: I think Jim's right. Grammatically, "The sky suns the ground" may be valid – but so are MadLibs. Without a reputable dictionary listing sun as a verb, meaning to shine as the sun; to shine sunshine on, such use would be, at best, as chancy as the weather. –  J.R. May 29 '12 at 23:24
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@J.R. The OED has “sun” as a transitive verb meaning “to place in or expose to the sun; to subject to the action of the sun’s rays; to warm, dry, etc. in sunshine.” Wordsworth wrote “Spring parts the clouds with softest airs, / That she may sun thee.” I presume the OED counts as a “reputable” dictionary. –  tchrist May 30 '12 at 2:41
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Some days I awake to rain.

Other days I awake to shine.

Rain or shine, sunny or rainy, I awake.

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Rain or shine, this is the answer. +1 –  Robusto May 30 '12 at 0:14
    
Is shine the right answer? Here's my thought: A weather forecaster might say "It'll be rainy tomorrow," or, "It will rain tomorrow." That same forecaster may say, "It'll be sunny on Friday," but I'm not sure about "It will shine on Friday." Anyway, it's a vexing question with no obvious answer, and I'm very sorry if anyone has an Annie-Tommorrow earworm after reading my comment. –  J.R. May 30 '12 at 9:58
    
But I awake to sunshine (if fortunate). –  TimLymington Jan 13 '13 at 18:30
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I am not aware of an unambiguously clear verb for this situation. Of your three suggestions "sunshining" is the only one which would portray meaning, but it is not a real verb. There are, however, expression which portray an action for this kind of whether, such as "The sun is shining outside" or even perhaps "It is shining brightly," but "It is shining" does not unambiguously relate to weather like "to rain" and "to snow" do.

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To look at the first half, "rainy" is an adjective that derives from the verb "to rain". But, "sunny" is an adjective which can derive from the action "to have sun". But, you can also use "sun" as a verb, so the statement ... as to sun is to sunny. would be valid. However, it may sound awkward if you're not used to using it in that way.

If you want a single-word equivalent for being sunny, you could choose something else, such as:

... as to radiate is to radiant.
... as to shine is to shiny.
... as to brighten is to bright.
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