Out vs outside in “Tell mummy we are going out to eat”

2017-08-09 09:16:13

I decided to go out to eat.

I told my son.

"Tell mummy we are going out to eat."

"Tell mummy we are eating out."

Should I use outside or out in the context above?

First sentence:

use out because you are using out as a part of phrasal verb not preposition.

Second sentence:

You can use both but I usually say out because it's shorter.

Your question relates to the following in the context of "we are going out(side) to eat".

Out vs outside

Some definitions:

out adverb

3.1 In or to a public place for purposes of pleasure or entertainment.

‘an evening out at a restaurant’

- ODO

outside preposition & adverb

Situated or moving beyond the confines or boundaries of.

‘I stepped outside the marquee for a breather’

- ODO

*Going out to eat / eating out suggests going to a restaurant, whereas going outside to eat / eating outside suggests remaining at the property but not in the dwelling itself (e.g. eating on the balcony).

  • First sentence:

    use out because you are using out as a part of phrasal verb not preposition.

    Second sentence:

    You can use both but I usually say out because it's shorter.

    2017-08-09 10:07:54
  • Your question relates to the following in the context of "we are going out(side) to eat".

    Out vs outside

    Some definitions:

    out adverb

    3.1 In or to a public place for purposes of pleasure or entertainment.

    ‘an evening out at a restaurant’

    - ODO

    outside preposition & adverb

    Situated or moving beyond the confines or boundaries of.

    ‘I stepped outside the marquee for a breather’

    - ODO

    *Going out to eat / eating out suggests going to a restaurant, whereas going outside to eat / eating outside suggests remaining at the property but not in the dwelling itself (e.g. eating on the balcony).

    2017-08-09 11:24:19