Are they used in different contexts?
Those both of them use correct grammar?

Google fight shows that "out of the question" appear 10 times more often than the other.


Out of THE question is the correct one in my opinion - I have never used this without the the but then I am not a native speaker.

Some sources mention that "Out of question" is an obsolete way of saying "Beyond doubt"

However we have both

OED: Out of the question vs Out of question

Also http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/appendix-faux-out-question

  • But why are we using THE here? – Pratik Deoghare Mar 24 '11 at 8:55
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    Good question. Since it is out of character – mplungjan Mar 24 '11 at 9:12
  • Because "question" is usually a count noun, and so usually requires an article. "Beyond question" is a counter-example, though. – Colin Fine Mar 24 '11 at 12:16
  • Actually, "beyond question" isn't a counter-example: "beyond" often takes a NP without an article, eg "beyond reach" = "beyond the reach of ... ". – Colin Fine Mar 24 '11 at 13:02

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