(the) power

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- And the President's first press conference from the Star Wars orbiting peace platform got off to a shaky start, when power failed causing a brief, but harmless, period of weightlessness for the visiting President and his staff.
Robocop, movie

I believe "the power" could've been used here as well, with no difference in meaning, am I right?
Thank you.
  • JustKate

    Senior Member
    You are correct, and in fact I'd go a bit further and say that it sounds just a bit odd without that the. It's not wrong to leave it out, but "when the power failed" sounds considerably more natural to me.
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