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?


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).

| improve this answer | |

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.

| improve this answer | |
  • It's worth noting that you can eat outside without going out to eat, too. (In other words, you can walk outside your house and eat in the yard, say, at a picnic table.) So, yes, you can use both – but they don't mean the same thing. – J.R. Aug 22 '17 at 6:29

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.