More than half of the appliances are working. But a few are not working because (it's not like half the power is out, actually more than half the power is on and just a part of it is out, maybe because of a problem in the circuit):

A part of the power has gone off.

Is the use of "a part of" natural?


This is unnatural, as one can’t have a ‘part of the power’; on the other hand, one could say ‘there’s a partial power outage’.
I’d describe this by saying ‘the power’s partially out’.

  • And what about: Half the power's out? – It's about English May 30 at 18:02
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    This would likely be considered natural in spoken English, but probably not in written English. – ben May 30 at 18:06
  • What can be used in "formal English ? – It's about English May 30 at 18:10
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    'There was a partial power outage affecting certain parts of the house'. – ben May 30 at 18:40

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