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James: Katie, I'll be late for 15 to 30 minutes. I can't seem to find my umbrella and it's pouring [out there/outside].

Which choice is correct? I'm not able to distinguish between out there and outside. I find them interchangable. Please advise.

Thanks in advance!
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In this context they are interchangeable.
You can just stop after "pouring."

If you want to exclaim "Oh my goodness! It's just pouring out there!" then use "out there."

Most people would be quite surpirsed to find it pouring inside, so it's generally not necessary to say "outside."
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Thanks Khoff and GG.

If you want to exclaim "Oh my goodness! It's just pouring out there!" then use "out there."

If it is OK to exclaim as the above, why can't we use 'outside' as it is as ridiculous to say 'it's pouring inside' as ' it's pouring in here'?

I'm a bit lost. I guess this is one of those questions without an answer. Emotion: tongue tied
You can use "outside." I should have said that it was what I was more accustomed to hearing. The other would not be wrong.

(It was Nona, not Khoff.)
Thank you, GG. And my apologies, Nona.
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Well, there are so many brilliant, wonderful ladies here, it's no wonder you get us all confused! Emotion: stick out tongue
I've no doubt you guys are brilliant and amazing. And maybe hot too Emotion: smile
And maybe hot too
Emotion: embarrassed This could be "taken the wrong way". I don't advise suggesting that a woman you don't know very, very well is or may be 'hot'!

CJ
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