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    meaning of "I am out of town"

    "I am out of town, but will look and let you know."

    What does "I am out of town" mean?

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    It means what the words say. The speaker is not in town . The speaker is away from his/her home or office.

    What difficulty do you have with this?

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    Does it mean the speaker is not in his home/office? Or does it mean that the speaker is really not in town?

    I did not understand if the phrase is just a description of another meaning or does it really mean "not in town"

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    The speaker is not in the town/city where they live/work. They are away.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Goodstudent:

    Tom: Can you attend an important meeting next week?

    Mona: Oh, I am so sorry. I will be out of town all next week.

    Tom: Where are you going?

    Mona: To London.

    Tom: Why?

    Mona: I want to see how the preparations for the Olympics are coming along.

    Tom: When will you be back in town?

    Mona: In about seven days.

    Tom: Well, have fun. I hear that British cooking has really changed and is now actually delicious.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    So town has a meaning of "home/office"?

    London is also a town right? If Mona says I will be out of town, actually Mona will be in another town.

    What if the speaker lives in a rural area? Can he still say "I will be out of town" if he is leaving the rural area to buy something in the town?

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    City, town, countryside. It doesn't matter. "I will be away from the geographic location you usually find me in."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    The phrase is meant to be taken literally, as described several times above. However, I often say it (I lie) when I want to make sure not to be bothered on a day off.

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    Re: meaning of "I am out of town"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    The phrase is meant to be taken literally, as described several times above. However, I often say it (I lie) when I want to make sure not to be bothered on a day off.
    Ah, your secret's out!

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