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There has been outage in my house for the past 8 hours.

I want to know if there's a better way of saying it or if this is grammatically correct.

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  • It is correct.You could also say: We have had a (power) outage in my house for the past 8 hours. We have had a power cut in my house for the past 8 hours.
    – Vic
    Apr 19, 2014 at 17:01
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    I would prefer to say "at my house" instead, where its the power company's fault, not the wiring inside your house.
    – user3169
    Apr 19, 2014 at 18:38
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    Related: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/16266/…. Apr 19, 2014 at 22:03
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    No, it's not quite right. Personally, I'd say "The power's been out at my house for the last eight hours."
    – user230
    Apr 19, 2014 at 22:22
  • I've been reading news articles to improve my English, and I've noticed that they generally use "in" with house and "at" with "home". Apr 20, 2014 at 7:19

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"Outage" is something the service provider would normally use:

We are working on an outage in your neighborhood.

The customer would normally use "out" or "down" depending on the service:

My power's been out for 8 hours.

My internet's been down for 8 hours.

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If we change "outage in" to "a power outage at", the sentence becomes grammatically correct.

There has been A POWER outage AT my house for the past 8 hours.

That still sounds a bit odd though. Usually a power outage refers to everybody that lost power, not just your house. I think this sounds better:

There has been A POWER outage IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD for the past 8 hours.

I also like boatseller's answer. He gives the more colloquial way to describe a power outage, using the phrase "the power's out".

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    Nice answer! I like the contrasting "neighborhood* example. +1 and please keep the answers coming! :)
    – WendiKidd
    Apr 19, 2014 at 23:22

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