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    dilodi83 is offline Senior Member
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    Default which verb with "light" and "electricity"?

    Are these two possible? Do they mean the same?

    1) the electricity/lights went off at 8:30 last night.
    2) the electricity/lights went out at 8:30 last night.

    Is there a concrete difference between these two phrasal verbs in this context?
    Thanks so much for your help.

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    Default Re: which verb with "light" and "electricity"?

    I would say that the lights went out when the electricity went off.

    Is that concrete enough for you?

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Aug-2012 at 22:06.

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    Default Re: which verb with "light" and "electricity"?

    There are several other meanings for 'go off'; cheese can go off, and fireworks can go off... But I wouldn't say 'the lights went off' - although I'd say they were off, or they were switched/turned off.

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