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Hi,
sometimes I'm confused about the difference between "out (of)" and "outside". My dictionaries say that "out (of)" implies movement (except when it means "away from home or your place of work" and related meanings).
So:

When you get a nail out of a hole, then is the nail out (of the hole) or is it outside ((of)the hole)?
When you take something out of a box, then is it out (of the box) or is it outside ((of) the box)?

This is also confusing because something can be either "in" or "inside" something else, but I'm afraid there's a difference when it comes to the opposites, out and outside.

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Hi,

Let me offer a couple of examples for you to think about.

Tom is outside the building. This merely describes his location. Perhaps he is about to enter a building that he has never before been in.

Tom is out of the building. This suggests that he was formerly inside the building, but has currently left it. This could, for example, mean that he works there but has gone somewhere else to visit a customer.

When you get a nail out of a hole, then is the nail out (of the hole) Yes

or is it outside ((of)the hole)? No, not commonly said, sounds odd.


When you take something out of a box, then is it out (of the box) Yes

or is it outside ((of) the box)? No, not commonly said, sounds odd.

Best wishes, Clive

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Thank you Clive.
Now I feel a little more sure, but I also feel this is a pretty complicated subject. I'd like to ask about two more examples:

Why did you take it? It was in my backpack! --- Well, I found it [outside (of)/ out of] your backpack.
Where did you find my papers? --- They were on the floor, just [
outside (of)/ out of] your room.

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Just a bit more, Kooyeen.

outside = preposition (no 'of' needed)

outside = noun (can be used with 'the', followed by 'of')

He always thinks outside the box. The outside of the box is painted black.
Hi,

Why did you take it? It was in my backpack! --- Well, I found it out of your backpack.
Where did you find my papers? --- They were on the floor, just outside your room.


As you say, this can be a complicated subject sometimes.

Best wishes, Clive
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