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Someone asked me whether I was at home or not last week. When I say as a response, "I was away last week", or "I was out of town last week". is there any difference in the meanings? I just want to mean that I wasn't home, but didn't want to say the details. I'd like to know whether I can use these two sentences interchangeably or not. Also if there is any other way of saying, please explain to me.

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Away just means away, i.e., away from home, but doesn't necessarily mean out of town. You might have been staying in town at a friends house. But it sounds like you really were out of town, and thus you can use either one; They are both very commonly used phrases.

Of course, if you really don't want to give any details you can simply answer:

No, last week I wasn't at home.

  • Thank you for the clarification. This is very helpful. – tennis girl May 15 '13 at 12:39

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