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    Hi teachers,

    Suppose, right now something caused power cuts. If I say as follows, am I correct? Are they wrong? Are they natural? If not, recommend which the natural ones are
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    1. The electricity power/current is cut off here.
    2. There is a power cut here.
    3. There is a load-shedding here.
    4. The electricity power/current is disconnected here.
    5. We have got power cuts here.
    6. We have got a power cut here.
    7. We have got a load-shedding here.

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    Default Re: power cut

    The power went out. You can also say the electricity shut off.

    "Electric power" if you want to be more specific, not "electricity power." But people will assume you mean the electricity if you say you have lost "power."

    I don't think most non-engineer people know what "load shedding" would mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Suppose, right now something caused power cuts. If I say as follows, am I correct? Are they wrong? Are they natural? If not, recommend which the natural ones are
    .
    1. The electricity power/current is cut off here.
    2. There is a power cut here.
    3. There is a load-shedding here.
    4. The electricity power/current is disconnected here.
    5. We have got power cuts here.
    6. We have got a power cut here.
    7. We have got a load-shedding here.
    You can also use "power failure" and "power outage". If there is no electricity at all, you can use "blackout"; if the available power has been reduced but is not completely off, we use "brownout", at least in AmE.

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    If you have a power cut during a thunderstorm, it's probably not load-shedding. It's only load-shedding if it's done on purpose.

    "A rolling blackout, also referred to as load shedding, is an intentionally engineered electrical power shutdown where electricity delivery is stopped for non-overlapping periods of time over different parts of the distribution region."
    vRolling blackout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You can also use "power failure" and "power outage". If there is no electricity at all, you can use "blackout"; if the available power has been reduced but is not completely off, we use "brownout", at least in AmE.

    Are my sentences wrong? And I got your similar words but I am unable to express or make a sentence. Should I say like "There is a power failure." "There is a power outage." "There is a blackout." or "There is a brownout."? In short, I can't make sentences with the words you've given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Are my sentences wrong? And I got your similar words but I am unable to express or make a sentence. Should I say like "There is a power failure." "There is a power outage." "There is a blackout." or "There is a brownout."? In short, I can't make sentences with the words you've given.
    I didn't find any of your sentences to be natural.

    You can get the meanings of the words here: Power outage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    not a teacher

    Let's go back to your original scenario.
    I'm sitting at my desk using the computer. Suddenly, all the lights go out, the computer shuts down and the music from the CD player in the next room stops. The person I share the house with yells out, "What happened?". I would probably say something like this.

    The power's gone off.
    The power's shut down.
    It must be a power failure/cut.
    It looks like we've got a power failure/cut.
    etc…etc

    And I might say something else, which a can't post here.
    Last edited by JMurray; 23-Nov-2013 at 11:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    And I might say something else, which a can't post here.
    Bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Are my sentences wrong? And I got your similar words but I am unable to express or make a sentence. Should I say like "There is a power failure." "There is a power outage." "There is a blackout." or "There is a brownout."? In short, I can't make sentences with the words you've given.
    Thousands of New Jersey homes were affected by the power outage caused by the storm.
    I remember the blackout that affected the entire East Coast of the US.
    When it is hot in the summer, the overuse of air conditioners produces frequent brownouts.
    New York City subways were affected by power failures Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    we use "brownout", at least in AmE.
    I heard that term used in Cambodia for the first time, and have heard it in the Philippines too. I haven't come across it in BrE.

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