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I would like to know what would be the correct sentence here. I just want to say that I left the city on the weekend.

I went out of the city on Saturday.
I went outside the city on Saturday.

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FWIW, I'd recommend: "I left the city on Saturday." –  J.R. Jul 3 '12 at 13:26
    
All three sentences are grammatically correct (although "out of" is a more dubious way of phrasing). How long did you leave the city for? –  Andrew Leach Jul 3 '12 at 13:28
    
I am asking because I know that "go out of" something means to lose an ability so I was not sure here.. –  Pietro Jul 3 '12 at 13:30
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What? Never heard that usage. "Run out of" can mean "exhaust a supply of" -- running out of toilet paper is not a good experience. But "go out of"? +1 for @J.R.'s comment. –  Andrew Leach Jul 3 '12 at 13:34

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Your sentences are fine. As J.R. mentioned, it's better to say,

I left the city on Saturday.

Out of is better suited in situations like,

I am out of town right now, I will get back to you when I return.

Although outside the city is grammatically correct, it sounds a bit unorthodox in this context.

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The colloquial way to say this would be as follows:

I went out of town this Saturday.

or

I left town this Saturday.

and to talk about going out of town in the future:

I'm going out of town this Saturday.

I'll be leaving town this Saturday.

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I prefer 'I'll be out of town next Saturday'. (Absent, unavailable). –  Barry Brown Jul 4 '12 at 6:52

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