Kallia Trian
What’s the difference?
What’s the difference between 外面 and 外边?
Jun 22, 2020 1:57 PM
Comments · 4
Hey Kallia,

The simple answer is that there isn't really a difference - both mean outside and can be used interchangeably:

我早晨上學的時候,外面正在下雪
天氣很熱,不少人索性在外面過夜
這些流浪漢一年一年都在外面浪跡天涯

In all of these sentences, 外面 can be replaced with 外邊 without issue.

As mentioned below, 面 is slightly more formal than 邊, but in spoken language you can use either. It's really personal preference.

Laurence
June 23, 2020
外面 is more formal than 外边 you can use 外面 when you ‘re writing or talking or speaking in a formal occasion. And when you’re talking to your family or your friends, both the two are okay.
October 3, 2020
主要还是需要看你想用到什么语境了it’s depends on situation

June 24, 2020
外面 is the offcial or literal dictation,and 外边 is mouth dictation.
June 22, 2020
Kallia Trian
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Greek, Italian, Spanish
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