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Everyone abruptly stops dancing and the music is turned off.

  • Is "the music is turned off" the natural choice or will it sound like the music is already turned off?

Would one of these work better:

The music gets turned off.

The music turns off.

The music stops.

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It is correct.

The present tense is an odd choice. It suggests that you are narrating events as they happen. It would seem less odd in the past tense, if you are telling a story.

The order suggests that somebody turns off the music after everyone had already stopped dancing.

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The second of your choices is a little odd because music cannot perform a physical action, but everyone will understand it, and some will say it.

None of your options, however, solves your problem of specifying the sequence of events.

Everyone stops dancing, and then the music stops

is clear, succinct, and imparts your intended meaning.

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