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Power goes OUT or goes OFF?

 
 
Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 04:35 am
Does the power/electricity go off or does it go out?

Thank you.
 
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 04:47 am
@paok1970,

both.

the power goes off every day at noon.

the power went out at noon.

yesterday we had a power outage.
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 05:17 am
@Region Philbis,
What did you do to have your photo appear next to "Region Philbis"?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 05:47 am
@paok1970,

the site uses Gravatar for it's avatars.

go to https://en.gravatar.com/ and create an account...
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 06:02 am
@Region Philbis,
Thank you
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layman
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 06:59 am
@paok1970,
You generally say the power it "out" when it's completely unavailable, as when there're power lines down due to a storm, for example.

Otherwise, when it's a voluntary matter, you say the power is off, or that you have turned the power off (not out).
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centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 10:04 am
In Britain power generally is/goes "off", whether because of a "power cut", or because it was turned off. Out and outage are Americanisms, although you may hear data centre people using the latter.
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 10:40 am
@centrox,
Am I correct in saying that "power failure", "power cut" and "power outage" have the same meaning?

And in what circumstances do you use the term "blackout"?

Thank you
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 11:13 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

Am I correct in saying that "power failure", "power cut" and "power outage" have the same meaning?

And in what circumstances do you use the term "blackout"?

1. Yes
2. In the same circumstances as the previous three.

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layman
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 11:37 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

Am I correct in saying that "power failure", "power cut" and "power outage" have the same meaning?

And in what circumstances do you use the term "blackout"?

Thank you


I've never heard "power cut" used. In general a "blackout" is a very extensive loss of power, as opposed to an isolated case confined to a few city blocks. If you hear about a "blackout" in a town, that generally means that (at least most of) the entire town is without power.
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 11:47 am
@layman,
From a grammatical viewpoint, is it correct to define "power failure", "power outage" and "power cut" as compounds or compound nouns or is it a "noun + noun" combination?

Thanks again for your kind help.
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 11:52 am
@layman,
layman wrote:
I've never heard "power cut" used.

You've clearly never been to Britain or any other British English speaking country.
https://images2.imgbox.com/0a/ff/FtHqrFVa_o.jpg
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 12:08 pm
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:
From a grammatical viewpoint, is it correct to define "power failure", "power outage" and "power cut" as compounds or compound nouns or is it a "noun + noun" combination?

I'd say compound nouns, like cat food, rain forest, or snow shower.
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 12:19 pm
@centrox,
Can a compound noun be made up of three or more nouns in succession?

If so, would you please give me some examples?

Thank you.
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 12:30 pm
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:
Can a compound noun be made up of three or more nouns in succession?

I presume they don't have Google on your planet?

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paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 12:37 pm
@centrox,
What did you google to get the above list?
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 12:47 pm
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:
What did you google to get the above list?

Three word compound noun.
paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 01:32 pm
@centrox,
If I google "Three word compound noun", I don't get the above list.

Would you please give me the link?

Thank you
centrox
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 01:53 pm
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:
If I google "Three word compound noun", I don't get the above list.

Examine the search results. Use your eyes.

paok1970
 
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Reply Thu 21 Dec, 2017 02:54 pm
@centrox,
Here is the link I get:

https://www.google.it/search?q=%22Three+word+compound+noun%22&newwindow=1&ei=bh08WqK9MoLzUIHkoogO&start=10&sa=N&biw=1536&bih=779

Do you have the same? I don't think so because I have https://www.google.it whilst I presume you have https://www.google.uk
 

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