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    #1

    on the outside mean

    It was the sort of day when Id be sure to mistake
    apples and oranges and, if I were on the outside, try to put
    my leftovers in the dishwasher and the dirty cups in the
    fridge.

    In this sentence what does If I were on the outside mean? Does it mean at most?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: on the outside mean

    If I'm not mistaken, I guess it means "If I were busy / involved in an activity".
    To be confirmed by native English speakers.

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    #3

    Re: on the outside mean

    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    It was the sort of day when Id be sure to mistake
    apples and oranges and, if I were on the outside, try to put
    my leftovers in the dishwasher and the dirty cups in the
    fridge.

    In this sentence what does If I were on the outside mean? Does it mean at most?

    Thanks.
    I've never heard of it. Did a native speaker write it?

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    #4

    Re: on the outside mean

    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    It was the sort of day when Id be sure to mistake
    apples and oranges and, if I were on the outside, try to put
    my leftovers in the dishwasher and the dirty cups in the
    fridge.

    In this sentence what does If I were on the outside mean? Does it mean at most?

    Thanks.
    Is the speaker in prison or in an institution of some kind?

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    #5

    Re: on the outside mean

    This is from a book written by an native speaker and I'm translating it. The speaker is in a hospital who has an illness of loosing memory and confusing everything.

    So here as you say it can be the meaning of at most or at outside?

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    #6

    Re: on the outside mean

    It means 'if I were out of this hospital - if I were back in the real world'.

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    #7

    Re: on the outside mean

    I got it, thank you very much!

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