What is the difference between read out and read out of, for example in the sentences :

He read out the names on the list. and

She read out of the book.

Thank you.


Read out means you read something out loud for everyone to hear.

Read out the names so that we can all hear.

Read out of the book means to use the book as a source, to read a portion from the book( Thanks Fumble Fingers).

Are you inventing your story or reading out of/from the book?

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  • There aren't many contexts where you'd need present tense for the use a book as a source of information sense, but it's common enough in the past tense: How do you know that? I read it in a book. I don't think [to read] out of works for that sense. So far as I can see, if you use out at all it [nearly?] always implies reading out loud - where including of implies that you're only reading a portion, not the entire text. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 13 '16 at 13:51

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