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    water is on

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    Can I say, ''Water is on'' instead of ''Water is coming'' to tell someone when I turn on the tap?

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    #2

    Re: water is on

    yes

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    Re: water is on

    I find it unnatural without an article. I would use "The water is coming through" or simply "The tap is on". If the tap is on, it means water is coming out of it. If the tap is off, no water is coming out.
    If there were a problem with the water supply, you might hear "The tap is on but there's no water coming out".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: water is on

    I took the OP's original question to be in some sort of context where people are either repairing or testing something.

    I've spent far too many hours crawling under buildings and into tight spots fixing pipes, and I've frequently either said or heard (depending upon whether or not I've got control of the faucet/value) phrases like "water's on" or "water's off".

    Words are something of a premium when you're yelling to be heard, but even if that's not the case, I think phrases such as 'water's on/off' are commonly used colloquially, at least in the right context.

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    Re: water is on

    I agree with skrej, but I'd say/shout 'tap's on', which indicates to the listener that water is/should be flowing.

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    Re: water is on

    Admittedly, if I were crawling under a sink or a bath, I would probably be quite economical with words and not worry too much about articles. However, I didn't assume that was the scenario in post #1 in which, without the article, it doesn't sound complete.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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