Asked • 07/30/19

Why do we say "in range" but "out of range"?

Is is the pair of expressions "in range" and "out **of** range" just an idiomatic outlier?Maybe not, as you can put something "in the list" or take it "out of the list".But I can think of other in/out pairs which seem to be more symmetric:* She's gone out / she's gone in* My paperwork goes from the "in box" to the "out box"* Go "in the door" or "out the door"* Inside vs outside (or indoors / outdoors) [granted, these are compound] So what's the rule that governs the use of "out of" vs just plain "out"? (If any)

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Michael B. answered • 08/13/19

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