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    Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    I have seen people use either one. Are they both correct? I prefer "Turn off the power."

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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    They are both correct and mean the same.

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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    Does 'turn off the power' means the same as 'turn off the light'?
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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are both correct and mean the same.
    A non native speaker has been living in Australia for thirty years. He told me that native speakers usually say something like 'Turn the power off' instead of ''Turn off the power' in everyday conversation. Is he correct?


    Thanks.

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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Does 'turn off the power' means the same as 'turn off the light'?
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    I wouldn't use it for a light switch, no.
    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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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    A non native speaker has been living in Australia for thirty years. He told me that native speakers usually say something like 'Turn the power off' instead of ''Turn off the power' in everyday conversation. Is he correct?


    Thanks.
    I don't know how they say it in Australia, but Rover has already said both versions are fine and I agree with him.
    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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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

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    I wouldn't use it for a light switch, no.
    Thank you!
    So we either say 'turn off the power' or 'switch off the lights" but not 'turn off the light"?

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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    You can certainly say "turn off the light." (Or "Turn the light off.")
    The question was whether you use "turn off the power" to refer to a light.

    It's dark in here. I'm going to turn on the lights. I'm going to turn the lights on.
    When you go to bed, don't forget to turn off the lights. Don't forget to turn the lights off.

    When you've finished using the computer, don't forget to turn off the power. Don't forget to turn the power off. It overheats.

    We are experiencing an energy shortage. The electric company says they are going to turn off the power for two hours at noon. The electric company says they are going to turn off the power for two hours at noon.
    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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    Re: Turn the power off or Turn off the power

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    A non native speaker has been living in Australia for thirty years. He told me that native speakers usually say something like 'Turn the power off' instead of ''Turn off the power' in everyday conversation. Is he correct?

    Thanks.
    We say either. They mean the same, and are used here equally. But no, "the light" isn't "the power."

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