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    Outgoings

    - Her mother was always arranging little surprise picnics and outgoings.

    I have problem with this sentence. The word "outgoings" does not work for me. To me, it should be "outings".
    I wonder whether BE approve of the usage of "outgoings". Look at the link below. (The second definition of "outgoing" as a noun.)

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/outgoing?q=outgoings#outgoing__8

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    Re: Outgoings

    Only 'outings' works in your sentence. 'Outings' would not work in the sentence in the dictionary.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-May-2016 at 12:59.

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    Re: Outgoings

    As we're using it here, "outing" is a noun. "Outgoing" is always an adjective.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Outgoings

    Without an "s" at the end, it's an adjective. "Outgoings" is a noun, usually used in a financial sense.

    Please detail your income and outgoings.

    "Outgoings" are the amounts of money that you must pay every month (mortgage, rent, gas, electricity, water, council tax, mobile phone rental, broadband etc). It can also include costs for food, petrol, childcare etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Outgoings

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Without an "s" at the end, it's an adjective. "Outgoings" is a noun, usually used in a financial sense.

    Please detail your income and outgoings.

    "Outgoings" are the amounts of money that you must pay every month (mortgage, rent, gas, electricity, water, council tax, mobile phone rental, broadband etc). It can also include costs for food, petrol, childcare etc.
    Aha! I've never heard that. Must be British. We might say nut. Mostly, I think we say monthly expenses or regular expenses. The closest word I can think of is outlay, but that doesn't imply regular payment.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Outgoings

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    We might say nut.
    Nut? Net? If it is nut, it is new to me.

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    Re: Outgoings

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Outgoings" is a noun, usually used in a financial sense.
    The sentence used in the dictionary doesn't sound very natural to me. It works for expenses, but I would not use it for raw materials.

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