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    water is back?

    hi,

    Are these the ways we say these to someone? How do you as a native speaker say things about water and electric?

    1."Water is back."
    2. is water back yet?
    2."The pipe is broken. We are cut off".
    3."Electricity is out". (when referring to cable problems).

    Thanks.

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    Re: water is back?

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    hi,

    Are these the ways we say these to someone? How do you as a native speaker say things about water and electric?

    1."The water is back."
    2. Is the water back yet?
    2."The pipe is broken. We are cut off". OK
    3."Electricity is out". (when referring to cable problems). "There is a power cut".

    Thanks.
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    #3

    Re: water is back?

    In the US, we say "The power is out."

    (Oddly, when it is restored, we don't say it's back "in" but that it's back "on.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: water is back?

    Hi again.

    Could you please explain why must there be 'the' before 'water' and 'electric'?

    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: water is back?

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi again.

    Could you please explain why must there be 'the' before 'water' and 'electric'?

    Thanks.
    For the same reason that you put one before "pipe" in your original post.

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    Re: water is back?

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi again.

    Could you please explain why must there be 'the' before 'water' and 'electric'?

    Thanks.
    not a teacher
    You are not talking about any water (supply) in general but the water supply (specific) in your area.

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    Re: water is back?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the US, we say "The power is out."

    (Oddly, when it is restored, we don't say it's back "in" but that it's back "on.")
    And unfortunately an associated noun has arisen - common in the IT world but not yet recognized as standard British English: "outage". Examples: "There has been an outage./There will be problems due to an outage". A friend of mine suggested - not entirely seriously - that it was just a typo for "outrage".

    British English does have another derivative from this sort of "out": "blackout". Sometimes, when the power company schedules a repeated cycle of short blackouts, affecting neighbouring areas at different times, I've heard them called "brown-outs" - but this is far from being recognized as standard British English.

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    #8

    Re: water is back?

    Would the power is off be correct?

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    #9

    Re: water is back?

    If the power is "off" is because you have flipped the breaker and turned it off. It's "out" when the electricity if now flowing down the power lines to the house.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: water is back?

    In my neck of the woods we would say the water is back on. (Well, I would. I'm not a native North Carolinian.) We certainly do have power outages (all over). Also, we certainly do have brownouts as well as blackouts. (I seem to remember hearing "brownouts" used mostly to refer to California.)



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