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Light out of doors

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 08, 2004

In Reply to: Light out of doors posted by CHRA on June 08, 2004

: First of all, thanks for all of your comments. Here is the full text:

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: It was still quite light out of doors, but inside with the curtains drawn and the smoldering fire sending out a dim, uncertain glow, the room was full of deep shadows.

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: Thank you again for all of your help.

: With best regards,

CHRA, when you add a new post, add it at the end of all previous posts, for the convenience of those who follow in your steps. The context is what everyone hoped. When there's light outdoors, it means that there's illumination from the sky. This not unusual phenomenon draws comment when there is some contrast to make, as in your example. One also may comment that "it's light outdoors" at dawn or "still light out" at dusk. We don't use the words dusk and twilight often except in driving manuals ("Turn your lights on at dusk.") A famous poem by Longfellow, which I remember poorly, begins something like: "Between the day and the evening, When the twilight's beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day's occupations That is known as the children's hour." SS