Consider the situation when someone is calling you, and you are in a busy street. Is sending a message - I am outside correct English?
Although it does convey the meaning that I am not at home.

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It is better to say 'I am out'. (Out- away from home etc.)

I am out. (I am not at home.)

'I am outside' means I am not inside the building. 'Outside' means 'not in a building (but near it)'

I am outside (of) London. (somewhere else but not in London)

'Out' can be used in place of 'outside'.

  • If I say - I am out. Does it also convey that I cannot talk right now?
    – rohit
    Commented Apr 3, 2022 at 18:22

"I am outside" is not wrong altough it doesn't give any specific information where you are. It only says you are not home or under a roof in general.

  • Out of doors would be better. Outside is usually associated with having stepped out of a particular building - "I'm at home, but I'm outside in the garden." Commented Mar 17, 2022 at 9:41

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