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    Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    hi;

    My country is an island. Can i say/can i change my status of online application as : "I'm Out of the island" when i go abroad ? is it grammatically correct ?
    Last edited by Mr_Joe; 10-Jul-2014 at 07:43.

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    Re: Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    Usually that would be "out of the country". I suppose one could say "off of the island" and be understood. "Out of the island" doesn't work for me.

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    Re: Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Joe View Post
    My country is an island. Can I change my status on my online application to "I'm out of the island" when I go abroad? Is it grammatically correct?
    It's grammatical, but it's silly. I can't imagine which box on the application form you're going to put that phrase in. If you're not living out of Asia would you put your status as "In continent"?
    I'd suggest filling in that field with the information that they expect in that field.

    PS: I see that Mike seems to know what field this is.

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    Re: Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    I have heard the phrase "off-island" but I would not expect it to be used on any official form. It doesn't necessarily mean abroad anyway. There are plenty of islands where, even if you travelled away from the island to a different island or to the mainland, you would still be in the same country.

    As always, context is important. What you actually write might depend on the type of form you're filling in but I agree with the others that "off the island" or "away from the island" does not mean the same as "out of the country" or "abroad".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I suppose one could say "off of the island" and be understood.
    I am not a teacher.

    "Off of" is one of my pet hates.

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    Re: Out of island -- IS it Correct ?

    Not one of mine.

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