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    #1

    OUTSIDE OF

    can anyone tell me difference between "outside" and "outside of"? thanks!

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    #2

    Re: OUTSIDE OF

    In British English at least, "outside" on its own is used for physical location:

    I am standing outside the bank.

    "Outside of" would be used when explaining that something does not fall within another group, for instance:

    Outside of the main banking system, there is no safe way to transfer money around the world.

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    #3

    Re: OUTSIDE OF

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    outside of
    chiefly US : outside
    ▪ We waited outside of the store. ▪ We live outside of the city. ▪ people outside of the group ▪ Nobody knew outside of a few close friends.
    Last edited by sunsunmoon; 25-May-2011 at 01:32.

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    #4

    Re: OUTSIDE OF

    This AmE-speaker finds emsr2d2's separate explanations more convincing than the all-inclusive definition from the Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. I have rarely heard "outside of" used in relation to a place.

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    #5

    Re: OUTSIDE OF

    There is Mark Twain's quip:

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.

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    #6

    Re: OUTSIDE OF

    outside of
    apart from
    There was nothing they could do, outside of hoping things would get better.

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