Learn English – OUT OF or OUTSIDE the area of responsibility

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Do you think there any differences in meaning between the prepositions
out of and outside when talking about 'no longer involved in something or not part of something'?

If there are any, please tell me which preposition would you prefer to
use?

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These are some sentences that I can't see any difference in their meaning if they go with 'out of' or with 'outside'.

  1. The matter is out of/outside my area of responsibility.
  2. I'm afraid that would be out of/outside my job description.
  3. I got out of/outside the habit of riding my bike to work.
  4. Keep endangered young people out of/outside a life of crime.
  5. You may do as you wish out of/outside working hours.

Best Answer

Thank you for adding examples:

Out, is a noun (rare except in specialised use), adjective, adverb, verb, and preposition. It tends to indicate motion or change, e.g. He went out [of the house] = He exited the house. The light went out = the light extinguished.

Outside, is a noun, adjective, adverb, and preposition and tends to indicate place. e.g. He went outside (adv.) = He exited. As an adverb it means “to the outside”.

A: I note that you still seem to be parsing the sentence wrongly.

B: In 1a, and 5a you can say “outside of”

C: In the following, the most literal meaning has been taken.

1 The matter is out of my area of responsibility. = The matter has been removed from my area of responsibility.

1a The matter is outside my area of responsibility. = My area responsibility does not include the matter.

2 I'm afraid that would be out of my job description. = (Not very idiomatic) I'm afraid that would be removed from my job description.

2a I'm afraid that would be outside my job description. = I'm sorry but that is not part of my job description.

3 I got out of the habit of riding my bike to work. = I lost the habit of riding my bike to work.

3a I got outside the habit of riding my bike to work. – Not idiomatic… it is also meaningless.

4 Keep endangered young people out of a life of crime. = Keep endangered young people away from a life of crime.

4a Keep endangered young people outside a life of crime. = (Not very idiomatic) Do not let endangered young people enter into a life of crime.

5 You may do as you wish out of working hours. = (Not very idiomatic)

5a You may do as you wish outside working hours. You may do as you wish when you are not working.