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    #1

    The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    They don't have the electricity because of the storm.

    They are facing the power cut because of the storm.

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    The first is incorrect.
    Delete 'the' in the second.
    You need 'a power cut' or 'power cuts' in the third unless you are speaking about a power cut you have already mentioned.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Dec-2016 at 08:30. Reason: Finished the sentence!

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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    In addition, think about logic. Do you believe there has ever been a storm which has caused the whole of the USA to suffer a power cut?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    They don't have electricity because of the storm.

    I think there is a word for that "black out". Can I say "they are facing black out because the destruction that storm has caused in their area?" Or "The whole area has been blacked out because of the storm?"

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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    They don't have electricity because of the storm.

    I think there is a word for that "black out". Can I say "they are facing black out because the destruction that storm has caused in their area?" Or "The whole area has been blacked out because of the storm?"
    The second one is natural and correct. My region of Ohio was blacked out for as long as two weeks because of a wind storm related to Hurricane Ike.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 08-Dec-2016 at 19:58. Reason: To capitalize the title, "Hurricane".
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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    A "power cut" to me is a deliberate action. A "power outage" is what happens after a storm.

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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    That's definitely an AmE vs BrE difference. We don't use "power outage" at all. Whenever the electricity is off unexpectedly, it's a power cut. If we do it on purpose, we say that someone has (or we have) turned off the electricity.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's definitely an AmE vs BrE difference. We don't use "power outage" at all. Whenever the electricity is off unexpectedly, it's a power cut. If we do it on purpose, we say that someone has (or we have) turned off the electricity.
    The number I call to report one of the frequent* blackouts at my house is 1-877-4OUTAGE.

    *That's "frequent" in developed-country terms. I imagine many people around the world would envy the relatively reliable electricity Dayton Power & Light provides me with.
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    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    They don't have the electricity because of the storm.

    They are facing the power cut because of the storm.

    Please check.
    Just eliminate the definite article from all three. Then the first two are correct and natural. All you have to do to make the third correct and natural is to substitute "a" for the deleted "the".

    This is about English usage, not about the experience of various members with their suppliers of electricity.
    Last edited by probus; 09-Dec-2016 at 03:57.

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    #10

    Re: The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    The USA ran out of the electricity because of a storm.

    They don't have the electricity because of the storm.

    They are facing the power cut because of the storm.

    Please check.
    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Just eliminate the definite article from all three. Then the first two are correct and natural. All you have to do to make the third correct and natural is to substitute "a" for the deleted "the".
    The first cannot be natural. You run out of something when you consume your entire stock of it. You can run out of gas, run out of fresh figs, or run out of metaphors, but the United States can't "run out of electricity", and a storm can't disrupt the electricity supply of a continent-spanning country.
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