English Usage: Outdoors | Outdoor | Outside

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Episode 1 is about English usage and to be specific, we will talk about the differences in the ways we use the words outdoors, outdoor, and outside. I will be explaining in detail with real-life examples to make sure you don’t finish the podcast without knowing everything you need to know to use these words properly. So let’s get to it.

You will find the audio of the episode below. After listening to the audio, try taking the short quiz to see if you have understood everything I mentioned in this short lesson from Perfect English Podcast.

English Plus Podcast Episode 1 Audio

English Plus Podcast Transcript

Welcome to episode one from perfect English podcast. Today we’re going to talk about some usage notes in English and we will focus on the words outdoors, outdoor, and outside. Let’s start with the word outdoors, outdoors with an S is an adverb. So if something happens outdoors, it does not happen inside any building. For example, we say he spent a good deal of his time outdoors and school classes were held outdoors outside the building. Now pay attention when someone goes out of a building. You do not usually say that they go outdoors. You say that they go outside, but we’ll get to outside in a minute. Now let’s move to the word outdoor without an S. Outdoor without an S has the same meaning of outdoors but it’s not an adverb. It’s an adjective It is used in front of a noun. We use it to describe things or activities that exist or take place in the open air, rather than inside a building. For example, we say, an outdoor play area, or American football is the most scientific of all outdoor games. And now let’s move to the word outside. Outside is used as a preposition or an adverb. When you use a word as a preposition or when a word is a preposition. There is a noun that comes after it. When it’s an adverb. It usually comes after a verb to describe this verb, and you don’t have to add a noun after it if you don’t want to. Now when we look at the examples, you will understand the difference. So first, it can be used as a preposition. When someone or something is close to a building, but not actually inside it. You say that they are outside the building. For example, we say I parked outside the hotel or there are queues for jobs outside the shipping offices. And remember we said that we can use outside as an adverb as well. So you can also say that someone or something is outside or that something is happening outside. For example, we say there were about a dozen youth standing outside. Patrick was cleaning out the fish tank outside. When you go outside, you leave a building and go into the open air, but stay quite close to the building. For example, we say when they went outside, a light snow was falling or go outside and play for a bit. If you leave a building in order to go some distance from it. You do not say that you go outside. You say that you go out, for example, towards dark he went out or I have to go out I’ll be back late tonight. You can also say that someone is outside when they are close to a room, for example, in a hallway or corridor. For example, we say I better wait outside in the corridor, or your father’s lawyer is waiting outside. We can also talk about someone or something being outside a country. When outside is used like this, it does not have near as part of its meaning. If you are outside a country, you can be near to the country or a long way away from it. For example, have you ever lived outside the United States? And that’s all I have to say today about the differences between outdoors outdoor and outside. I’ll see you next time. I hope you have learned a lot today and I’m pretty sure that your English is a step closer to perfect English. This was your host, Danny. Don’t forget to subscribe. I’ll see you next time.


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