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.

  • 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 '14 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 '14 at 18:38
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    Related: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/16266/…. – Damkerng T. Apr 19 '14 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." – snailplane Apr 19 '14 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". – Vaibhav Sharma Apr 20 '14 at 7:19

"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.


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 '14 at 23:22

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