Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'our' and 'out'?

What is the difference between 'our' and 'out'?

What is the difference between 'our' and 'out'?

The words our and out are often confused because they look similar. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Out means away from home or one's usual place, or not indoors when used as an adverb.

Out is also used as a preposition. It means away from the inside.

Our means belonging to us when used as a pronoun.

A good way to remember the difference is out is part of outside.

Out of the two words, 'out' is the most common.



It's easy to confuse out and our when typing because they are spelled similarly. Here's the difference between these two words.

Out is usually a preposition that means outside or the opposite of in. It can be a verb that means to publicly reveal someone's secret. As a preposition, out means in an outward direction.

Our is a pronoun that functions as a possessive adjective for the first-person plural form (our dog, our father).

Which is correct 'our Lord Jesus Christ' or 'out Lord Jesus Christ'?

The correct phrase is 'our Lord Jesus Christ'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Which is correct 'Jesus Christ our Lord' or 'Jesus Christ out Lord'?

The right phrase is 'Jesus Christ our Lord'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the phrase 'turn our attention to' or 'turn out attention to'?

The correct phrase is 'turn our attention to'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

What's the correct phrase 'through Jesus Christ our' or 'through Jesus Christ out'?

You should use 'through Jesus Christ our'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Which is right 'our understanding of the' or 'out understanding of the'?

The right phrase is 'our understanding of the'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Which is right 'turned out to be' or 'turned our to be'?

The correct phrase is 'turned out to be'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Should I use 'to find out what' or 'to find our what'?

The right phrase is 'to find out what'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

What's the correct phrase 'to get out of' or 'to get our of'?

The right phrase is 'to get out of'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Which is correct 'to carry out the' or 'to carry our the'?

The correct expression is 'to carry out the'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the phrase 'turn out to be' or 'turn our to be'?

The right expression is 'turn out to be'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Some synonyms of out are: outside, outward, reveal.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary and Merriam-Webster.

Dictionary Definition of ourDictionary Definition of out

Examples of our in a sentence

We are cynical about our own species, but less so about animals, especially   wild ones.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
One of our regional representatives will be contacting you shortly.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
I was going to say that I could scoot down in the seat and you could drive on past our place and .
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
You’re our only link.”
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
More than life, it is our eternal honor.”
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey

Examples of out in a sentence

She could also mean plenty of trouble, if anybody found out about us.
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
He cursed his way out of bed, stamped his legs into sweats and let himself out of the camper.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
A bunch of BMWs and Lincoln Town Cars were parked out front.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
A row of grimy letters over the topmost row of windows spelled out MICHIGAN PRODUCE.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
He was aware that not everything you wanted, deep ifiside, worked out.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts