He is out drinking alcohol.

My mom is out buying groceries.

Does it mean: someone is not at home for doing some work somewhere else?

Is the sentence pattern out doing something valid and natural to native speakers?

Thanks in advance.

1 Answer 1


Yes, such a pattern is common and well-understood.

Even the literal phrase of:

My mom is out doing something.

works, meaning that your mom is currently not here but is doing something else (but you don't know/don't want to say what).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .