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    #1

    come out of or come out

    1. A rabbit came out of a hole.
    2. A rabbit came out a hole.

    Which is correct if I tell my friends that a rabbit went out of a hole?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: come out of or come out

    If the rabbit emerged from a hole, 1 is correct and 2 is not. But if the rabbit went out of a hole it did not emerge, but instead departed or escaped.

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    #3

    Re: come out of or come out

    I don't find a significant difference between "came out of a hole" and "went out of a hole".

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    #4

    Re: come out of or come out

    Nor do I, and they both equate to "emerged from". I find "departed" very unnatural. A rabbit coming out of a hole is likely to be a wild rabbit so it probably didn't escape either. A pet rabbit might escape from its hutch.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: come out of or come out

    Thank you for your replies.

    I mean:
    1. Are the two correct?
    (a) A rabbit came out of a hole.
    (b) A rabbit came out a hole.
    2. Do they have the same meaning?
    3. What does "b" mean in the sentence?

    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: come out of or come out

    I deem (b) incorrect, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: come out of or come out

    b is ungrammatical.
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    #8

    Re: come out of or come out

    You may hear b) used in colloquial speech in some places, but a) is the normal way of saying it.

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    #9

    Re: come out of or come out

    Is it grammatical to say 'the rabbit came out a lovely animal'?

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    #10

    Re: come out of or come out

    What do you think that means?
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